inro with four sections, depicting three cranes flying together to UR; stylized lines on opposite side, reminiscent of clouds or waves; presently connected with purple cord, orange ojime, and black lacquered netsuke

Medicine case with cranes and waves, 1810s-1820s

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Inrō, sometimes called “medicine cases,” were used to carry a variety of small articles, not just medicine. The owner would typically hang an inrō over a sash worn at the waist. The inrō was connected by a cord to a counterweight, called a netsuke, which kept it from falling off. This lacquer inrō was produced by Hara Yōyūsai who decorated it with a motif of cranes and waves designed by the Rinpa painter, Sakai Hōitsu.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Medicine case with cranes and waves
Artist Life
1761 - 1828
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.424.1a-f
Provenance
Mr. and Mrs. Minoru Hosomi (gifted in 1987); Mary Burke (1987-2015)
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 804
Curator Approved

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inro with four sections, depicting three cranes flying together to UR; stylized lines on opposite side, reminiscent of clouds or waves; presently connected with purple cord, orange ojime, and black lacquered netsuke