Japanese Inro, Boy Fighting Demon

Inro, black and colored lacquer on wood, relief decoration of applied mother-of-pearl, metal, pottery, ivory, and crystal or glass. Edo period, 18th century. Three compartments and lid. Obverse decoration shows boy struggling with demon, the story of Taira no Koremochi struggling with a demon encountered during a maple-viewing excursion. Carved wood bead in the form of an eggplant. Plaited purple silk cord.
Additional Information: inro; box; Asian; figure; Signature in gold on base, "Ritsuo," and green-glazed pottery seal, "Kan."
Category Other - Arts and Antiques
Reference Number 00849
Maker/Artist Japan
Materials Lacquer; wood; mother of pearl
Measurements 6.60 x 5.20 x 2.10 cm
Time Period 18th Century


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