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Very Fine Japanese Togidashi Makie Inro by Shunshosai, Ox and Boy
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Very Fine Japanese Togidashi Makie Inro by Shunshosai, Ox and Boy

The size of Inro: 3 1/2"H x 1 15/16" W x 1" H (90 mm x 50 mm x 25 mm). This is very fine Togidashi Makie 4 cases Inro by Famous Japanese Makie Inro artist Shunshosai who was the master of Togidashi works. Shunshosai isJapanese Inro artist from Late Edo. His works are in the book of "The Inro Handbook" by Raymond Bushell as well as Christi’s auction record. The Inro design subject of Boy pulling Bull or Ox. Very Famous subject, " Ushi Doji" (Ox and Boy). It also the subject of Zen. 2021 is year of Ox. Almost every part of Inro done by Togidashi works. The part of his Kimono design done by Kirigane with Gin (silver) flower petals. There are Kinpun (gold powder) on Shuiro (red) makie work . Outside Inro is excellent, no flaw as well as not restoration. Inside are done by Nashiji. The condition of inside has some wear from used and will find tiny restored spots at the edge. The string is made by silk. There is Shunshosai carved signature right side of boy. Inro came with Kiri wood box.

Togidashi maki-e, in Japanese lacquer work, kind of maki-e. In this technique, the design is painted in lacquer, and gold or silver powder is sprinkled over it; when the lacquer is dry, another coat is applied to the design to fix the powder. Roiro-urushi (black lacquer without oil) is then applied over the entire surface, and, after it has dried, it is burnished briefly with charcoal, applying a little water until the gold powder is faintly revealed. Following this process (called aratogi) comes the suri-urushi process, in which raw lacquer is applied with cotton and wiped with crumpled rice paper; a finishing burnish (shiage togi) is then done with charcoal. Next, granular charcoal is applied with water, using a soft cloth, and gently polished. Finally, suri-urushi and polishing is repeated three times. The earliest extant example of togidashi maki-e is found on the scabbard of a Chinese Tang-style sword of the Nara period (645-794), owned by the Shin in Nara. In the Heian period (794-1185), togidashi maki-e lacquer ware flourished. From the Muromachi period (1338-1573), the technique was combined with high relief (takamaki-e), and the ware was called shishiai togidashi maki-e. (from Britanica)
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