Antique Japanese inro with three compartments, made of wood with gold lacquer and inlaid with gold flecks. One side is decorated with a pair of cranes and sprouting pines. The other side of the inro depicts an ancient turtle who carries, on his back, a large rock formation. Out of the rock sprouts a plum tree, a pine tree and bamboo – together called Sho chiku bai or “The Three Friends of Winter”. The inside of each compartment is cover with dense nishji lacquer (fine gold flecks). Signed on the bottom.
Dimensions: 4″ high x 1 3/4″ wide.