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Netsuke of Dog and Puppy, 19th century. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910 (10.211.634).

Inrô: Figures in a landscaped garden, 18th century Japanese ~ Red lacquer Lacquer is the refined sap of a deciduous tree of the sumac family. Applied in extremely thin layers in order to allow time for hardening, a single piece requires the application of numerous base layers before surface decoration is carved or applied. When exposed to oxygen and humidity, the lacquer hardens or polymerizes. As it hardens or cures, lacquer forms a lustrous, durable coating impervious to moisture.