aleyma: Horaku, Owl and Bat netsuke, early to mid 19th century (source).
Inro, ca. 1775-1850 (made), Black lacquer ground inlaid with pearl-shell and gold foil. This inro is decorated with a dragon among stylised clouds on one side, and a pair of swallows in flight above foaming waves on the other. Both are framed and surrounded by diaper patterns at the sides, top and bottom of the inro. The decoration is carried out in small, thin iridescent pieces of pearl-shell and gold foil on a lustrous black lacquer ground in a style known as Somada.
Inro, ca. 1750-1800 (made), Glazed earthenware, painted with underglaze and overglaze enamels. This example is decorated with real and imaginary birds and animals in glazed earthenware. Ceramic inro are unusual, especially at this early date. The background of this design, however, suggests that it imitates leather. During the late 1700s and early 1800s, Dutch leather became popular in Japan and the craftsman who made this inro probably had knowledge of such exotic wares.
Japanese Inro in the Form of an Eggplant with Mount Fuji and a Falcon Edo Period (1615-1868), Early 18th century Artist/maker unknown, Inro: lacquer on wood; silver lid and collar ~ Netsuke: lacquer on wood