A small lacquered-wood fubako (document box and cover)
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
The cover of the elegant, narrow box is embellished with an itomari ball lying beside pine needles, in black, gold and red takamakie, skilfully rendered in a variety of textures, whilst the shitan-nuri box is decorated with a simulated crack that has undergone a skilful repair in the form of a butterfly-shaped cleat, the interior of dark olive-green lacquer, the inside of the bamboo cover with scratched signature Zeshin.
2cm x 21.3cm x 5.1cm (¾in x 8 3/8in x 2in). (2).