1920.16.2 .1

Japanese medicine box: laquered designs in gilt, pulls apart to four pieces that are all strung together with [.2, .3]. [L.Ph 'DCF 2004-2006 What's Upstairs?' 13/1/2005]

Place details: ASIA. Japan / Cultural Group: Japanese: Local Name: inro Materials: Lacquer Varnish / Gilt Metal / ?. Processes: Lacquered Varnished / ?. Dimensions: Max L = 65 mm Field Collector: ?J. Cole Hartland When Collected: By 1920 Other Owners: Edwin Sidney Hartland ?J. Cole Hartland PRM Source: Edwin Sidney Hartland Acquired: Donated March 1920

KEYWORD: Box / Medical Accessory / Carrying Device / Status Object / Waist Ornament / CLASS: Box / Medicine / Status / Ornament / Clothing / Transport and Travel / ?.

Object description: Lacquered inro (drug box) with three compartments. The securing bead (ojime) is carved on the form of a house, and the attached netsuke represents a figure holding a mask of a demon to their face with a kneeling figure of a child in front. [JU 17/1/2019]

Research notes: Note that some of the Japanese items are marked as being obtained by J. Cole Hartland and donated via his brother Edwin Sidney. It seems hard to believe that the other items from Japan were not also obtained by J. Cole Hartland. Note that there is no evidence to date that Edwin Sidney Hartland ever visited Japan [AP 16/2/2009]

inro in Japanese dress, small portable case worn on the girdle. In about the 16th century they were adapted by the Japanese for holding medicine, tobacco, confections, and other small items and became a part of the traditional Japanese male costume. They have from two to five compartments, which are fitted into each other and held together by silken cords running along each side, secured by a bead (ojime), and and kept from slipping through the kimono sash by a netsuke, a small carved object at the end of the cords. [Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica] [MR 23/2/2000]