Japanese Inro

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 08.20.06 Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 08.20.33 The Victoria and Albert museum holds a gorgeous and somewhat quirky collection of traditional Japanese inro.  From the late 16th century, Japanese men suspended inro from their pocketless kimonos as a means to carry medicines or personal identity seals.  However, they soon became costly fashion accessories with little practical use.
Images: V&A museum

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