印籠 Inrō - Pillbox

印籠 Inrō - Pillbox

旅人 薬を入れて持ち歩くための携帯用の小物入れ。中国から渡来し、当初は印鑑入れとして、大名や武士の間で使われていた。江戸時代に入り、発注者や職人が、素材や形状、装飾に様々な意匠を凝らすようになると、薬入れとして広く普及、江戸時代を代表する細密工芸品として発展していった。

A small accessory box. Originating in China, these were personal accessories of samurai, who used them as seal holders. They became widely used by townspeople from the early part of the Edo period as medicine boxes. And with customers and the box makers coming up with elaborate designs using a variety of materials, patterns and ornaments they grew to become a typical example of the finely detailed hand crafts of the Edo period.

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