A lacquer two-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Of wide form, bearing a shibuichi-nuri ground and lacquered with metalwork tools, in gold, silver and black takamakie and lightly engraved with Hotei leaning on his sack, in katakiri and kebori, the interior of rogin-nuri, inscribed Shokado utsusu Somin with kao, signed Zeshin; with lacquer hako-netsuke of oval form, lacquered on the olive-green ground with a large oak acorns over which walks an ant in delicate kebori, the interior of nashiji, signed Zeshin.
4.8cm (1 7/8in).
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