• Samurai Dandyism: The Pride of a Warrior, from Swords to Inro Medicine Cases

    The Japanese sword—one of the world’s most beautifully crafted pieces of art for over a millennium. Buoyed by mounting interest in Japanese art and culture worldwide among people of all ages, numerous katana exhibitions—with many of these presenting extensive collections—have been held in recent years, attracting a considerable following. Originally created as a tool of warfare, these swords quickly became objects of art to be cherished and collected over its long and distinctive history. Likewise, the inro medicine case was adopted as a collectible from a relatively early period, having been made and refined by the larger, more prestigious feudal clans and master craftsmen, to emerge as a work of