A black lacquer three-case inro
By Mizutani Shutoho, dated Horeki nensei (1751-1764), 18th century
Of rectangular form, simulating a Chinese ink-cake, bearing a roiro ground, each side with a sunken shibuichi-nuri ground with an ishime surface, one lacquered in gold takamakie with a flying dragon in a storm over breaking waves, the other with a two-line inscription in eight seal characters, the interior of black lacquer with kinji edges, signed Shutoho with seal Komuru; with an ebony netsuke in the form of an ink-cake, one side with a four-line inscription above a fruit floating above the waves, the other signed Zonjindo and Kohone (Chinese: ping shi).
7.9cm (3 1/8in).
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