SOLD ITEM 4616 - Koma Kansi five case lacquer Inro c1790

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Koma Kansi five case lacquer Inro c1790. This Japanese Edo five case Lacquer Inro was made by "Komo Kansi Koma Kansai (?-1792.) An exceptionally skilled artist of Edo and the outstanding pupil of Koma Koryu, he was not a Koma by birth. His real name was Sakanouchi Jubei, and he also used the names Tanso and Tansei. He was given permission by Koryu to use the family name, and it was he who finally brought the work of the family back to its original high quality. He was an excellent lacquerer and also composed comic poems. He was particularly masterly in "chinkin-bori" (literally, "sunken gold carving"- technique in which fine lines are engraved in lacquer or metal and then rendered more visible by powdering (usually with gold) or lacquering with a color different from that of the background) and gol-lacquer techniques. He died on April 12. 1792. This Infro is not strung but is in excellent original condition. Measures 3 and one half inches by 2 and one quarter inches. See "A Dictionary of Japanese Artists" Painting,Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints,Lacquer by Laurance P. Roberts page 69 to read more information on the artist.
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