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明治時代 柴田是真派 蒲公英酒瓢蒔絵 硯箱
Writing Box with Gourd

Artist:
School of Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
1886
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Black lacquer with gold and silver hiramaki-e, colored lacquer application
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); W. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); L. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.100.142a–j
Not on view
One of the first Japanese lacquer artists to become popular in the West, Shibata Zeshin was noted for his technical skills, imaginative compositions, invention of painted lacquer techniques, and experimentation with new colors and inlays of different materials. The brownish-red gourd that dominates the composition of this lacquer writing box is one of the motifs he used most often. The gourd, which is associated with spring, is shown here surrounded by seasonal flowers and grasses such as the dandelion.
Signature: Hachi ju o Koma Zeshin (Zeshin, aged 80) and seal
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