Inro, kiseru-zutsu, tabako-ire and other accessories

The collection contains various personal use items made by Japanese artisans with great skill and taste. Most of them are hanging accessories that are known collectively as sagemono. Because traditional Japanese garments lacked pockets, personal items were commonly carried in special containers suspended from the waist sash (obi) with the assistance of a silk cord. The cord itself was pulled together by a sliding bead (ojime) and fixed on the sash using a decorative figurine (netsuke) served as a counterweight. In particular, the collection includes smoking accessories such as kiseru (pipes), kiseru-zutsu (pipe cases), tobacco-ire (tobacco pouches), and several inro that are multi-section boxes designed to holding seals, medicines, aromatics, confections, and other small items.