Case (Inrô) with Design of Flowering Chrysanthemums with Brocade Borders Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 18th–19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Lacquer, roiro, nashiji, hirame, aogai, gold foil inlay; Interior: fundame
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.
Case (Inrô) with Design of Hunter Dismounting Horse (obverse); Two Spotted Deer (reverse) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 18th–19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Lacquer, roiro, coloured ceramic and metal inlay; Interior: gyobu nashiji and fundame