This item is a set of two Inro cases. It was initially set as a “Meoto (夫婦, couple)” item and is perfect for couples to have together. We believe it will be appreciated as a gift.
The Guri-Bori (倶利彫) technique is used for these Inros. The Guri-bori is a technique in which dozens of metals of different colors (such as copper or Shakudou) are layered alternately, and the Karakusa (唐草, arabesque) or the Uzumaki (渦巻, spiral) patterns are carved into the surface. Since the technique of Mokume Gane (木目金) is the technique of further forging the metal that has been dug down using the method of Guri-Bori, it could be said that Guri-Bori is the original technique of Mokume Gane.
The Ojime (緒締, part between the Inro case and the Netsuke) is a component that prevents the Inro case from opening, and it also has another role in combining two strings into one. The Ojimes of this set Inros seem to be made of the same material.
On the other hand, the motif of Netsuke (根付, miniature sculpture, fastener) is different for each Inro. The red-colored Inro’s Netsuke is modeled as a Noh mask of Okina (翁, older man). And the black-colored Inro’s Netsuke expresses a frog. In Japanese, several expressions have the same pronunciation as “Kaeru.” For example, Fuku-Kaeru (福かえる, happiness will return), Okane-Kaeru (お金かえる, the money will come back), or Buji-Kaeru (無事かえる, someone will come back safely), etcetera. Based on these wordplays, the frog pattern has been treated as an auspicious motif. The third example: “Buji-Kaeru,” would match the Samurai’s wish to return from the battlefields.
We hope you enjoyed this description and wish this Inro would speak to you.
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What is Inro?
Inro is a small container for carrying medicine and tobacco leaves. In the Edo period, Samurai had a habit of carrying regular medicines in Inro, which were used daily and were popular as accessories that represent Edo crafts.
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