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Inro with Design of Hollyhock Flowers and Buds

Attributed to Ogata Kōrin, Japanese, 1658 - 1716

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)

Early 18th century

Inro: black and gold lacquer on wood with lead and mother-of-pearl inlay Ojime: brass

Inro: 2 1/4 x 2 inches (5.7 x 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. S. Emlen Stokes, 1987

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This inro (a compartmented container that would have been hung at the waist, and would have held medicine or other kinds of small objects) is decorated with a design of hollyhock flowers and buds. Ogata Körin looked to the bold style developed by Hon'ami Koetsu and Tawaraya Sotatsu for inspiration for his designs. He came from a family of textile designers and was raised in an atmosphere of privilege and artistic refinement. Neither Körin or his brother Kenzan had a head for business, however, and Körin began to paint and design textiles and lacquerware like this piece to help pay the bills.