ANTIQUE JAPANESE FIVE CASE GOLD LACQUER INRO WITH ORCHIDS
Early 19th century
Height: 3½ inches / 8.9 cm
Width: 2 inches / 5 cm
Stock number: 856765/0121
An early 19th century Japanese fundame (matt) lacquer gold ground inro decorated with an orchid cluster. The risers in nashiji. By the early 17th century, the orchid flower was a symbol of respect and admiration in Japanese culture. Orchids became so revered in Japan that growing orchids was sometimes considered a noble art form. Together with an agate ojime bead and carved bone netsuke.