A silver lacquer five-case inro
By Hara Yoyusai, early 19th century
Bearing a rogin-nuri ground and lacquered in gold and iroe-takamakie with three Portuguese traders, one side with one figure holding the leash of his sleek greyhound, another two Portuguese shown on the reverse, one holding a sword and a staff with a feather attached at the tip, whilst his companion points to something in the distance, with subtle details inlaid in e-nashiji and kirikane, the interior of rich nashiji, signed Yoyusai saku; with gilt ojime in the form of Ashinaga and an eighteenth-century ivory netsuke in the form of a Dutchman gripping a flute, unsigned. 9cm (3½in) high.
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