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.
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