An inrō is a small multi-tiered case held together by a cord strung through it. It was initially worn by gentlemen in the 16th century to hold medicine or seals and ink. It was tied to the sash of the outer garment with a sliding bead (ōjime) and a carved toggle (netsuke). During the Edo period (1615-1868), finely crafted inrō became a symbol of one’s wealth and cultivation. Many of these pieces are exquisitely designed. Here, the fishing motif extends to the matching netsuke which is carved in the shape of a fish basket.