Ojime Bead in shape of Frog
REF: 202055 / LA311677
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This Ojime has been crafted into the shape of a frog out of a piece of Red Agate. I have put a piece of coloured silk through the hole to show that it passes through the Agate. The smaller Ojime then served as a sliding closure both to secure the lid of the Inro and to stop it turning. By sliding it upwards, as required, it also allowed access to each individual level of the Inro. Ojime are handcrafted decorative beads which originated in Japan as early as the 16th century. Strictly speaking the word bead is superfluous as Ojime itself means cord fastener bead. They are typically between 3/4 inch and 1 inch in diameter with a vertical hole from top to bottom, and are made from fine metals, ivory, hornbill ivory, precious stones, jade, lacquer, tortoise shell, glass, coral, bone, stag antler, boar tooth and tusk, nuts and seeds, as well as other natural materials.
Frank's Heaven has clarified that the Ojime Bead in shape of Frog (LA311677) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 19c
very good condition
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