Two-case inro made from cinnabar lacquer finely carved with a continuous scene of pheasants amongst prunus and rockwork against a geometric floral ground, all under a band of clouds; accompanied by matching cinnabar ojime depicting an immortal on a crane and a manju netsuke well-carved in high relief with sages and attendants under a pine tree; signed Murakio with kakihan; Meiji (1868-1912); Japan. 2.25 inches (5.72 cm) long; 2.9 inches (7.37 cm) wide.
Round Dish with Birds and Hollyhock, 14th century. Yuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty. China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011 ( 2011.120.1) | This work is featured in the “Chinese Lacquer Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century” exhibition, on view through June 19, 2016. #AsianArt100