Stacked, nested boxes, called inro
, were specifically designed to hold medicine or ink seals. Often made of lavishly decorated lacquer, these costly and beautiful inro (primarily used by men) became essential fashion accessories that also acted as markers of wealth. In addition to the tiny nested boxes that make up the inro, exquisite details can be seen on the netsuke
, the decorative toggle that helps secure the inro to the sash, and also on the ojime
, the bead that secures the cord. Our pin has been adapted from a regal peacock adorning a Meiji-period (1868–1912) inro in the Museum’s collection.
24K gold overlay, hand enameled, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. 4''L x 1''W.