Koma Sozan

19th century

A gold lacquered inro with a metal inlay depicting the warrior Benkei hurtling from a steep cliff, his mallet and sword preceding him in his fall. This dynamic scene is framed by clouds, boughs of pine and cherry, while the reverse shows a cherry blossoms falling softly around a castle. Kinji ground with design in gold takamaki-e, interior: nashiji. The metal inlay in gold, silver and shakudo takazogan.

Signed: Hakuhosai Koma Sozan saku

Height: 8.2cm

Provenance:
Douglas J.K. Wright
Edward A. Wrangham collection

Published:
Wrangham, E.A., The Index of Inro Artists, 1995, p. 276

Bonham’s London, The Edward Wrangham collection of Japanese art, Part II, 10th May 2011, lot 237