at the Boston MFA
These traditional Japanese
inro cases are beautiful works of art. There are over 500 inro
at the MFA. Inro are what the Japanese used to use instead of pockets.
They are actually several wood boxes latched together with rope or twine
and then hung from an obi or sash belt.
Four-case inro with insect design (mid-late 18th century)
Four-case inro with crane and bamboo design (Early 19th century)