A beautiful carved red jade Japanese inro with small ojime from the early 20th century.
Inro are Japanese ornamental cases or boxes with compartments for medicines, seals, spices or other small personal objects. They were worn suspended from a cord which was attached to a belt (an obi) when wearing a kimono.
This is beautifully crafted piece of red jade, hand carved and complete with its matching ojime bead for securing the two parts of the case together. The cord has a beautiful flower-like weave in the traditional style with two tassels at the bottom. The cord, which measures 70cm, not including the inro, shows some age.
The piece measures approx. 4.5cm x 2.5cm x 2cm and is excellent condition.
The inro, bead and cord all have a charming orange colour, the jade having natural variants. It weighs 40.6 grams.
This could be worn as a necklace and even used to keep your own medicines or spices inside.
Please note, the box pictured is not included in the sale.