Inro Box III

Regular price $350.00


Handmade in Barnard Missouri by Momoko Usami

Ceramic Inro Box on silk cord with movable lid 

Can be hung on the wall or stood upright on ceramic stand

Approximately 8" tall x 5" wide x 3" 

"Inro is a traditional Japanese box to carry your daily belongings like medicine, tobacco, ink and brushes, etc. It goes with bead called Netsuke, and hung it from Obi when you wear a Kimono. I would love to see people carrying these Inro boxs everyday like purses with their own little secret inside. Many of traditional Inro boxes have a king, or family’s symbol on them. Some of you might seen in samurai movie says “Kono inro ga menihairanuka!”, and shows the symbol on the box to tell where you belong, like a passport. It supposed to save you from bad people bothering you. It is typically made with wood, but I made with clay, so they won’t disintegrate, and could be like a time capsule." Momoko Usami

Momoko Usami received a BFA and an MFA from Kyoto City University of Art in Kyoto, Japan. She moved to the United States in January 2008. She was one of the residency artist at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago in 2009/2010. Currently, she settled her personal studio on the countryside near Kansas City, Missouri.  She started Art Farm, small art classes for the community, in 2014.  Momoko draws inspiration from many things, including Japanese painting from the Edo period, dreams, and daily encounters on the street. Her unique, playful and often interactive ceramic works have been shown in the United States, Canada, and Japan.