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Lacquer inrō

1700/1799

British Museum

British Museum

Guri was a lacquer carving technique which originated in China. A number of layers of lacquer of different colours was built up and when these were carved through in intertwined whorls, the different colours were revealed. The matching netsuke, of the manju type (that is, in the shape of a rice dumpling), is also decorated with whorls.

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  • Title: Lacquer inrō
  • Date Created: 1700/1799
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 7.30cm (inro); Height: 4.00cm (netsuke)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: carved; guri
  • Subject: personal accessory
  • Registration number: OA+.356
  • Production place: Made in Japan
  • Period/culture: Edo Period
  • Material: lacquer
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
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