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Japanese Inro

Inro is a fashionable element of Japanese culture that stems from the existence of kimonos in historical Japanese society. Japanese kimonos, without pockets, lacked the ability to hold the change or other belongings of the wearer. Inro, compartmented boxes, were developed in reaction to the need to carry medicines, money, seals, and other belongings. Inro are hung from a rope strung under the obi of a kimono and held in place by a netsuke. An ojime bead below the obi, but above the inro, keeps all the compartments in place.

The inro itself consists of many compartments that nest into each other. A cord that is laced into either side of the compartments holds it together. Inro can be made of wood, lacquerware, metal, ivory, or even coral. Though they were originally created for a very... Read more

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March 21, 2018, 2:30 PM CET
Paris, France

€500 (starting bid)

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March 21, 2018, 2:30 PM CET
Paris, France

€2,400 (starting bid)

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March 25, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Bedford Village, NY, USA

$90 (starting bid)

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(Asian Antiques) Inro

March 27, 2018, 7:00 PM CET
Groningen, Netherlands

€300 (starting bid)

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Japanese Inlaid Wood Inro Case Gourd Formed Toggle

March 28, 2018, 5:00 PM EST
Sunrise, FL, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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