Inro: Because traditional Japanese robes lacked pockets, objects were often carried by hanging them from the obi, or sash, in containers. The type known as inrō were suitable for carrying anything small. The British Museum.
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V&A Inro Shibata Zeshin, Japan, 1865. Gold, silver, gold laquer and pearl-shell. From the late 1500s Japanese men used the inro because traditional garments (the kimono) had no pockets. The inro was suspended from their sash by a silk cord and a netsuke (toggle). They originally used it to hold their seal and ink or a supply of medicines.
Japan: 'Armor of the Tengu Type' (tengu tōsei gusoku) made by Kiyotoshi and Munekiyo (forged helmet) and Ryūsuiken (helmet), in This was made for a samurai or for a samurai family and depicts the tengu, a ferocious half-man, half bird of legend.
A BLACK LACQUER NETSUKE By Koma Kyuhaku, 19th century Sold for £ 2,375 (US$ 3,339) inc. premium THE EDWARD WRANGHAM COLLECTION OF JAPANESE ART Part III 15 May 2012
A RARE BLUE-LACQUER FOUR-CASE INRO Attributed to Heishusai (Ishibashi Sojiro, 1847-1918), Meiji (1868-1912) or Taisho (1912-1926) era , before 1918 Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 26,405) inc. premium FINE JAPANESE ART. 12 May 2016.
Japanese lacquered tea box or caddy (Usucha-ki or natsume) for holding the powdered tea used in traditional tea ceremony, gold chrysthanthemum decoration on black, lacquered wood
Bonhams : The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art: Part III. An unusual black lacquer six-case inro By Sakai Kyozan, 18th century Sold for £ 11,250 (US$ 15,820) inc. premium THE EDWARD WRANGHAM COLLECTION OF JAPANESE ART Part III 15 May 2012
A A LACQUERED BAMBOO INRO The inro by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), the netsuke by Koma Kansai, Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890 Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 26,405) inc. premium FINE JAPANESE ART. 12 May 2016.