The four-case inro is carved from ivory and densely embellished on either side with neatly incised inlays of coral, horn, stained ivory and malachite in high relief, creating a vivid circumferential scene with five sparrows in a peach tree. Signed on an inlaid mother of pearl cartouche SHIBAYAMA YASUNOBU.
HEIGHT 8.2 cm, WIDTH 5.6 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with hardly any wear. Even after 150 years not a single inlay is missing! Two natural age cracks to lowest case.
Provenance: British private collection. Collected prior to 1980.