A finely inlaid four-case lacquer inro on a gold lacquered ground, with inlays of ivory, mother of pearl, coral, stained horn and tortoiseshell. Urashima Taro, depicted as an old man, is shown kneeling and looking at the opened box from which a turtle emerges. A crane descends above him. The reverse decorated with a leafy blossoming peony branch, one budding flower inlaid in coral, below three flying butterflies. The inside with dense nashiji.
HEIGHT 8 cm, WIDTH 6.2 cm
Condition: Some surface scratches, miniscule loss to the inlay of the mat underneath the box. Good condition.
Provenance: British private collection.