A five-case inro, made of tsugaru lacquer, showing various iroe takamakie flowers.
A pentagram as well as a "kana" kanji («to fulfill [a wish]») made of mother-of-pearl are inlaid.
In Japan, the pentagram does not bear the same signification as in the West : this representation of the five Chinese elements (Wu Xing) is associated with Abe no Seimei. It is worth mentioning that the kikyo flowers shown on this inro are also associated to this historical and legendary figure from the Heian period. Abe no Seimei was a famous Onmyo- dospecialist, an occult movement inspired by Taoism, Shinto, and Buddhism. After his death, the Onmyo- do- tradition was looked after by the Tsuchimikado until the end of the 19th century, where it was prohibited
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