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Japanese Spotted Bamboo Tobacco Inro, circa 1850



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.


  • 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
  • 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

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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.

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