Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5

Japanese Spotted Bamboo Tobacco Inro, circa 1850

$468

About

Because traditional Japanese kimono didn't include pockets, men and women carried their belongings in small compartments known as inro. Hung from the obi sash belted around the waist and secured by carved netsuke beads, inro were worn as fashionable accessories and often crafted of fine materials. Paired with a cylindrical case that once held a thin smoking pipe (kiseru), this 19th century inro was likely used for storing shredded tobacco. Both components are carved from spotted bamboo, a beautifully patterned natural material often used for making calligraphy brush handles. The barrel-shaped inro is capped with a removable hardwood lid and secured to the kiseru case with a contemporary cord. Due to a century of use, the inro has a cosmetic split and the kiseru case lid no longer secures to the case.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.75 in. (4.45 cm)Width: 8.25 in. (20.96 cm)Depth: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Bone,Bamboo,Hardwood
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CMCL0371stDibs: LU820021769532

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

Diamond Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1997
1stDibs seller since 2006
759 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Japanese Edo Period Mempo Armor Mask in Lacquered Leather over Iron
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Edo period mempo armor face mask in lacquered leather over iron. Rare piece made in the Edo period, likely, 18th century. In great antique condition with age-appropriate wea...
Category

Antique 18th Century Japanese Edo More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Iron

Burmese Wood, Bone and Brass Tobacco Pipe, Late 19th Century
Located in New York, NY
A large tobacco pipe from old Burma (Myanmar), circa 1850. Solid wood bowl, chamber and shank. The stem is made of bone, attached to the shank by a mortise in solid brass, and a lip ...
Category

Antique 1850s Burmese Other Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Brass

Japanese Meiji Period Iki Ningyo
Located in New York, NY
Rare Japanese Iki Ningyo (Living Doll) produced within the Meiji period (1868-1912), circa late 19th to early 20th century, the finely detailed, elegant lady dressed in a kimono. Ver...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji More Asian Art, Objects and Fur...

Materials

Porcelain, Fabric

Japanese 19th Century Temple Gong
Located in Hudson, NY
Japanese 19th century temple gong. Temple gongs were originally used to beckon the gods. Comes with bronze bell, silk pillow, red lacquer stand and striker with wear consistent with ...
Category

Antique 19th Century Japanese More Asian Art, Objects and Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Asian Metal Japanese Yatate, Edo, Bronze Pipe Shape
By Asian Style
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The first yatate were long boxes, with the ink compartment in the axis of the pen. The "smoking pipe" shape was designed to increase the quantity of available ink. Asian Metal Japane...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Metal

Japanese Works of Art, Christie's Auction Catalogue, NY, 1997
Located in valatie, NY
Japanese Works of Art - Christie's Auction Catalogue, NY, 1997. First edition soft cover catalogue. Items include: Japanese Prints, Illustrated Books, Manuscripts, Paintings, Screens...
Category

1990s American Books

Materials

Paper

Sotheby's Japanese Works of Art, Thursday 21st March 1991, Auction Catalog
Located in valatie, NY
Sotheby's: Japanese Works of Art, Thursday 21st March 1991. Sotheby's 1st Ed softcover. 382 lots photoed in B&W and color.
Category

1990s English Books

Materials

Paper

1920s Japanese Egyptian Revival Tobacco Jar
Located in New York, NY
1920's Japanese-made Egyptian Revival style tobacco jar with a lid and classical figures in relief with blue and gold painted trim. (AS IS- chips to rim)
Category

Vintage 1920s Japanese Egyptian Revival Tobacco Accessories

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery