Do you love chicken art? Or cool Japanese carvings?
Large, hand-carved inro box with a Japanese chicken, a hen, on one side and pecking chicks on the reverse.
The box measures 3-1/2" long by 2-1/3" wide by 1-1/8" deep. The beaded cord is 4-1/2" long. An inro box in like a Geisha purse and is one of the many geisha's accessories.
Traditional kimonos do not have pockets, so Japanese men and women may wear a compartmentalized box called an inro to carry small personal items. Oftentimes, this was medicine. Now, it works well for herb capsules, vitamins, a piece of paper with a phone number.
The inro box hung below the obi, a wide fabric kimono belt, on a double cord. This inro box is a set consisting of an inro box, an amazingly detailed rooster netsuke bead, and a rooster and chicks ojime bead.
Hand-carved boxwood box by Chinese master carvers (adult labor).