A rare large Ryukyu lacquer three-case inro
By Xiyan, dated the fifth year of Yongzheng (1727)
Probably Chinese, bearing a roiro ground, engraved and inlaid in aogai with a Chinese dignitary, probably intended for Cao Cao standing in an open boat, holding a polearm, the reverse with a Chinese general, possibly Kanyu (Guanyu), on horseback with his attendants, in a mountainous landscape, the outlines of delicate shell inlay and the cord runners with formal designs in aogai and the interior of red lacquer, signed and dated in mother-of-pearl, Yongzheng go-nen hinoto-hitsuji jugatsu kichijitsu, Xiyan kore wo tsukuru (Chinese: Yongzheng wunian dingwei shiyue jiri, Xiyan zuozhi [made by Xiyan on an auspicious day in the tenth month, year of the sheep, in the fifth year of Yongzheng ). 11.5cm (4½in).
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