A rare black lacquer inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Of circular ink-cake form and containing a single drawer, after a design by Ogawa Ritsuo, carved on one side with Hotei seated, holding his gnarled staff and a rosary, the reverse with a panel inscribed Souhou (Putai) surrounded by takaramono and bearing the inscription Ritsuo with seal Kan, signed Zeshin sha, with en-suite, black lacquer hako-netsuke in the form of a used cake of ink, carved with auspicious symbols on one side and with the character takara on the other, signed Zeshin. 6cm (2 3/8in).
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