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Japanese Boxes32 of 462 piece japanese what????? help me Antique Japanese Sandalwood TOBACCO BOX with Mount FUJI
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    Posted 5 years ago

    justjeff2
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    Bought it in Japan, about 20 years ago, but I think it it Chinese. I believe the dragon is made from ivory. It has 5 segments which you can pull apart. So maybe for tobacco or medicine. The red lacquer has a beautiful black and gold dragon with the tail finishing on the other side.
    It is just a beautiful piece would love to know exactly what it could have been used for.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Inr?.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inr?

      Japanese.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Inro.

      Sorry. CW still does not use some characters.
    3. solver solver, 5 years ago
      justjeff2, a really wonderful, complete inro. Here is comprehensive information on Japanese inros and netsukes from the Victoria and Albert Museum:

      http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/n/netsuke-inro/

      And some extraordinary inros with detailed descriptions, from the V & A:

      http://collections.vam.ac.uk/search/?offset=0&limit=45&narrow=1&extrasearch=&q=inro&commit=Search&quality=1&objectnamesearch=&placesearch=&after=&after-adbc=AD&before=&before-adbc=AD&namesearch=&materialsearch=&mnsearch=&locationsearch=
    4. justjeff2, 5 years ago
      Wow thanks so much I believe you are right it is an inro. The pictures from the museum are just beautiful and yes it looks so similar. And yes I think it is lion now I have viewed more of the Japanese inros. Thanks so much it is great to actually have a name for this piece!
      Will send some pictures of Thai antiques, also my other favs! Cheers

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