Flower Baskets and Farmer's Hat

Shibata Zeshin Japanese

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An image of two bamboo baskets and a plaited farmer’s hat is brushed in lacquer (urushi) onto silver leaf that has oxidized to a dark gray color. Shibata Zeshin, a master lacquer artist, was also a talented painter who used the difficult technique of urushi-e (lacquer painting), his own invention, in album paintings as well as scrolls and screens in the 1880s.

Flower Baskets and Farmer's Hat, Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891), Album leaf; lacquer, ink, and silver leaf on paper, Japan

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