Project Description

4-case Lacquer Inro with Ear Cleaning

A courtier sits patiently, holding out his hand, while a temple servant or guard picks his ear, another man roaring with laughter on the verso

Unsigned.  Circa 1800

Height: 8.2 cm


J.C. Hawkshaw and Col. Gaskell collections, their labels pasted respectively in the bottom and top cases

Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s London, 16th June 1994, lot 245


For a long discussion of the subject, à propos a similar inro by Shiomi Masanari, also from the Hawkshaw collection, see S.L. Moss Ltd., they are all fire, and every one doth shine (Elly Nordskog collection), no. 35.  I am not sure that I agree that the subject represents the three stages of drunkenness