Medicine case (inro)

Artist: Ogawa Ritsuo (1663-1747)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 17th-mid 18th century
Lacquer, gold, lead, mother of pearl and ivory
H x W x D: 6.6 x 5.2 x 2.1 cm (2 5/8 x 2 1/16 x 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Lacquer

Medicine case (inro)

demon, dragon, Edo period (1615 - 1868), hero, Japan, lettering, maple tree

To 1904
Yamanaka & Company, London, to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1904 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Miscellaneous List, L. F2776, S.I. 14, pg. 21, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery. During an inventory of the collection of Japanese lacquerware, conducted on December 15-16, 1986, this object was discovered to be missing from the collection (for further details, see the Registrar's files, as well as Curatorial Remark 7, Kate Theimer, August 9, 1996, in the object record).

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura. Japanese Lacquer. Washington, 1979. cat. 44, p. 74.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum