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Inro (Case) with Mice and Beans

鼠に豆蒔絵印籠)

late 1800s
Diameter: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.)
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This round inro is decorated with an image of a single mouse feasting on beans. The theme is elaborated with a metal ojime (cinch) in the form of a cloth bag tied with rope—suggesting the food stores the mouse is raiding. The carved wood netsuke, or toggle, is in the shape of a mouse clutching a nut.
Inro (Case) with Mice and Beans

Inro (Case) with Mice and Beans

late 1800s

Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912)

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