Inro - belt jewelry from Japan

Cabinet exhibition March 19, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Inrō – small multi-part containers for seals and medicines attached to the belt by means of a toggle (netsuke) – came into use in the 16th century and remained a conspicuous accessory of Japanese men’s fashion until the late 19th century.

The symbolic, not infrequently narrative decorations provide valuable insights into Japanese culture. The Inrō, which are mostly crafted in lacquer with care and attention to detail, are still very popular among collectors today.

The cabinet exhibition shows part of the Linden Museum’s extensive Inrō collection in the East Asia Department together with a larger selection of netsuke. The catalog for the collection was created with the generous support of TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG and the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.

Catalog: Inrō – Belt Ornaments from Japan/Japanese Belt Ornaments. The Trumpf Collection. Edited by Uta Werlich/Susanne Germann. 432 p., 571 color and stamp illustrations, hardcover, bilingual (German/English).
Link to the catalog in the store

With the kind support of: Trumpf, Berthold Leibinger Stiftung

Ever since humans discovered and settled the island worlds in the Pacific thousands of years ago, there have been many connections between the widely scattered land areas in the largest sea on earth.

In cooperation with:
Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, China Center Tübingen, HFT Stuttgart

With kind support:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Karl Schlecht Stiftung, Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde e.V., Universitätsbund Tübingen e. V., Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Netzwerk transformierender Lehre in Baden-Württemberg, Verein Freunde Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart