CDR-1119: SR Set: Japanese Art: Netsuke and Inro

Netsuke are tiny sculpted objects made of ivory, wood, ceramic, and other unusual materials, which were meant to support small belongings hung from the belt of a pocket-less Japanese Kimono. An inro, comprised of small lacquered nested boxes and designed to carry small items, or a tobacco pouch, was suspended from the obi with the use of the netsuke and the aid of a carved ojime bead. These images, largely from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, give us a look at intricate design and elegant beauty of art forms uniquely Japanese. 1/2013



Bos-38190
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Title: Ojime with openwork decoration; Netsuke in the form of a flower arrangement in a basket; Three-case inro with design of rice-plant roundels and auspicious objects (takaramono)
Creator(s): Bunshosai Yukan
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38191
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Title: Ojime with puppy and wisteria design; Seal-type netsuke in the form of a horse; Five-case inro with design of mountain landscape, chery-trees and ducks
Creator(s): Honda Minzan
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38192
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Title: Cloisonne enamel ojime with stylised floral designs; Netsuke in the form of a seated courtesan; Six-case inro with design of ho-o against a garden fence
Creator(s): Josen
Kajikawa School
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38193
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Title: Ojime; Four-case inro with design of plum, bamboo, chrysanthemums and grasses
Creator(s): Sokosai
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38194
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Title: Box netsuke with floral designs; Ojime with design of chickens and a hutch; Four-case inro with design of dancer's accessories
Creator(s): Murakami Moriyuki
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38195
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Title: Ojime with paulownia crest; Netsuke in the form of a sleeping Chinese scholar; Four-case inro with design of paulownia crests
Creator(s): Fujiwara Mitsunaga
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38196
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Title: Ojime; Manju netsuke with design of autumn plants and butterflies; Two-case inro with design of New Year food
Creator(s): Eishosai
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38197
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Title: Ojime in the form of Daruma; Netsuke in the form of four of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune in a boat; Four-case inro with design of rice plants
Creator(s): Josen
Kajikawa School
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38198
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Title: Ojime with openwork decoration; Seal-type netsuke in the form of a shishi; Five-case inro with design of cherry trees in Yoshino
Creator(s): Yamada Taigyo
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38199
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Title: Ojime in the form of a basket of flowers; Netsuke formed from a miniature gourd embossed with character fuku (good fortune); Single-case inro with paulownia and clematis design
Creator(s): Nakamura Kyusai
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38200
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Title: Ojime with floral designs; Netsuke in the form of two fighting shishi; Four-case inro with pine-tree design
Creator(s): Yamaguchi Tomochika I
Ukifune Fuzen
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38201
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Title: Ojime with floral designs; Box-netsuke with design of toys; Four-case inro with design of mandarin ducks and a stream
Creator(s): Tenmin
Kajikawa School
Juei
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38202
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Title: Ojime with design of Daruma and a broken wall; Square manju netsuke with mokugyo (wooden gong) and striker design; Single-case inro in the form of a trunk, with a padlock in the form of two confronted dragons
Creator(s): Yamaguchi Nobuyasu
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38203
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Title: Ojime in the form of a fukura-suzume; Six-case inro with formal chrysanthemum design
Creator(s): Gyokuichi
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38207
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Title: Kinchaku or tabakor-ire; Netsuke in the form of a Chinese-style stool; Three-case miniature inro with dragon, tiger and floral roundels
Creator(s): Tokkosai
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38208
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Title: Ojime in the form of a mokugyo (wooden gong); Netsuke in the form of a ball of cherry blossom; Four-case inro with design of pines, masts and chidori
Creator(s): Tsuchida Soetsu
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38209
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Title: Netsuke in the form of a monkey sitting on the back of a large goat; Four-case inro with paulownia and tendril design
Creator(s): Koma Kyuhaku III
Koma School
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38210
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Title: Ojime with floral design; Seal-type netsuke in the form of a shishi and ball; Three-case inro with design of a Shinto shrine, a river and mountains
Creator(s): Jusen
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38211
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Title: Ojime with gourd-vine decoration; Manju netsuke with plum-branch design; Four-case inro with design of formal chrysanthemums and paulownias
Creator(s): Koami Choko
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38212
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Title: Ojime in the form of a vase; Netsuke in the form of a Chinese ship; Four-case inro with design of a crayfish
Creator(s): Mitsusada
Inoue Hakusai
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38213
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Title: Ojime with design of toys; Manju netsuke with design of water-buffalo and peony; Four-case inro with design of a peacock and peahen
Creator(s): Kajikawa Ryusho
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38214
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Title: Ojime; Netsuke in the form of a fukura-suzume; Four-case inro with design of quails and grasses
Creator(s): Teikyo
Koma School
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-33048
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Title: Tobacco-pouch; kagami netsuke with design of dragon and pearl; silver chain with fitting with design of waves and spray; kanamono in the form of two dragons with pearls, one pearl of crystal with palace buildings; leather pipe-case
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-33051
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Title: Tobacco-pouch; oval kagami netsuke with design of chrysanthemums; ojime with design of mantis, bird and plants; kanamono in the form of a hawk attacking another bird, sparrows and autumn plants; inner plate with butterfly and plants
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38936
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Title: Tobacco-pouch (doran), pipecase (kiseru-zutsu), kagami netsuke and ojime; the kanamono with design of a man with spectacles sleeping over a scroll at a table
Creator(s): Okawa Teikan
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38937
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase with embossed designs; netsuke; kanamono; ojime
Creator(s): Unno Shomin
Serizawa Ryumin
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38939
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Title: Tobacco-pouch; kagami netsuke with design of Ushiwakamaru; silver chain with fitting with design of pine, bamboo and plum; kanamono in the form of Benkei; inner plate with design of the Gojo bridge; leather pipe-case
Creator(s): Yokoya Soyo
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38940
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Title: Tobacco-pouch; kagami netsuke; ojime; kanamono; inner plate with a demon carrying a temple bell; leather pipe-case
Creator(s): Tanaka Kiyotoshi
Unno Moritoshi
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-38941
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Title: Tobacco-pouch; kagami netsuke; ojime; kanamono; inner plate with Fujiwara no Kamatari recovering his jewel from the Dragon King of the Sea
Creator(s): Tomoyoshi
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40651
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase with embossed designs; netsuke; kanamono; ojime
Creator(s): Sasaoka Keimin
Ikedo Minkoku
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40652
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase with embossed designs; netsuke; kanamono; ojime
Creator(s): Unno Bisei II
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40654
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; kagami netsuke with design of a samurai holding an offering on a sanpodai; kanamono with design of the race across the Uji River; ojime with design of waves and arrows; silver chains
Creator(s): Isshunsai Masayuki
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40655
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; kagami netsuke with samurai and attendant, kanamono in the form of a shishi and peony; ojime with butterflies and peonies
Creator(s): Uchikoshi Hirochika
Komin
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40656
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; kagami netsuke, kanamono and ojime in the form of musical instruments and mask for the Ranryo-o dance
Creator(s): Ikedo Akikuni
Ikedo Minkoku
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40657
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; netsuke in the form of a dragon and ball, kanamono in the form of a Rakan riding a tiger, with an attendant; ojime with tiger and bamboo
Creator(s): Naotada
Minkoku
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40658
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; netsuke in the form of a koronbo with a giant piece of coral; kanamono in the form of a seated samurai and two oni; rectangular gold filigree ojime; silver chains
Creator(s): Serizawa Ryumin
Miwa
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40659
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Title: Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; netsuke in the form of a shishi and young with a coral ball on a base, kanamono in the form of two Manzai dancers enjoying a New Year banquet; rectangular gold filigree ojime; silver chains
Creator(s): Hagiya Katsuhira
Ichiyusai
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40660
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Title: Tobacco-pouch with design of silk leaves; ivory fittings in the form of the various stages in the life cycle of a silk-moth (Bombyx mori)
Creator(s): Kaigyokusai Masatsugu
Teika
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40661
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Title: Tobacco-pouch; ivory netsuke; ivory ojime; kanamono; leather pipecase
Creator(s): Rensai
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bos-40662
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Title: Tobacco-pouch; kagami netsuke with design of a rakan and attendant; kanamono in the form of a tiger and bamboo; chain with fitting with design of Raijin, dragon and clouds; leather pipecase
Creator(s): Mitsuaki
Vendor: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston