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© Cartier

Inro with Two Compartments, c. 1890

Japanese inro is a box with compartments originally used to carry medicine and worn at the waist. Becoming a sign of social status in the 17th century, these were increasingly likely to be made of noble, carefully crafted materials.

From the personal collection of Louis Cartier
Courtesy of Cartier Collection

Detailed Features

Type: Precious box
Dimensions: 7.3 H cm
Material: Gold, green, and red lacquered wood, brown silk cord
Date: 1890

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