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Inro
MNEMG 122.1979.81
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This inro is considered a masterpiece due to its intricate decoration and use of an image by Hokusai. The inro depicts people in a ferry boat on waves with Mt Fuji in the background and presumably the Ryogoku bridge. The piece is decorated with gold lacquer, shading to grey and mura-nashiji towards the lower section. In addition it is decorated with gold and coloured hiramakie and togidashi with the interior compartments being decorated with nashiji and fundame lacquer.

History of the Object
The history of this object prior to it being donated by Samuel to the museum is unknown. It bears a red Tsubo seal.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Lacquer 
Measurements
Width 2 cm. Height 10 cm. Length 7 cm.  
Creator name
Saku Kajikawa 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; late 19th century 
Function
Inro with 5 seperate compartments, used for storage and worn hung from the obi. 
Acquisition
This inro was donated as part of a collection of 2,000 objects gifted to the museum by the Hon. Walter Samuel through the Art Fund in 1923. 
Copyright
Images of this object are the copyright of Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery 
Acknowledgements
Kress Foundation research 1999 
Owner
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery 
Museum
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery 
Credit line
© Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery 

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