The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Not on view
The strong color effect seen in this album is achieved by using lacquer as a painting medium. Painting with lacquer on paper was one of the techniques Zeshin developed into his own style. Despite the heavy material, Zeshin's skillful brushwork and his technical inventions with the material made it possible to create various textures as with ink painting. In addition, some lacquer techniques, like mother-of-pearl inlays and the creation of rough surfaces, are also used. Up until the middle of the Meiji period, lacquer was limited to roughly five colors—black, brown, vermillion, green, and yellow—which determined the color palette of Zeshin's lacquer paintings.
Artist: Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)Date: 19th centuryMedium: Lacquer, dark brown, imitating leather, relief, light brown rim; Interior: dark brown and nashijiAccession: 36.100.248On view in:Not on view
Artist: Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)Date: 19th centuryMedium: Gold and silver maki-e with colored lacquer on black lacquer
Ojime: gilded metal with fox-monk
Netuske: Lacquer oval box with diamond floral design (signed Kiyoharu)Accession: 36.100.252On view in:Not on view