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Inro

Museum number:
9-18784
Permalink:
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Accession number:
Acc.4571
Object count:
1
Description:
Inro, oval, iron; in form of fire making kit; hinged halves with press latch on exterior; strinking [sic. striking] mechanism and cotton tinder inside; embossed brass (?) design of bird at bottom; buckskin cord suspended from ring at top, bunched together with striped ceramic ojime bead; L 4.6 cm X H 3.9 cm X W 2.5 cm
Donor:
Dorothy Campbell Tompkins
Collection place:
Japan
Verbatim coll. place:
Japan unspecified
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
John Barr Tompkins
Collection date:
unknown
Materials:
Brass (alloy), Buckskin, Ceramic (material), Cotton (textile), and Iron (metal)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Context of use:
Sagemono: "(literally, hanging object): inro puch, purse, or other article suspended by the netsuke" (Bushell, p. 255). Inro: "Sectional case or box worn suspended suspended [sic] from the obi by a cord on which the netsuke serves as a toggle." (Bushell, p. 249)
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
height 3.9 centimeters, width 2.5 centimeters, and length 4.6 centimeters
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