A gold lacquer five-case inro By Koma Kansai, 19th century
Lot 136*Y
A gold lacquer five-case inro By Koma Kansai, 19th century
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A gold lacquer five-case inro By Koma Kansai, 19th century A gold lacquer five-case inro By Koma Kansai, 19th century
Lot Details
A gold lacquer five-case inro
By Koma Kansai, 19th century
Bearing a fundame ground, lacquered with Lady Murasaki, seen through the katomado window with the sudare curtain pulled up, she wears a twelve-layered robe and sits at a lacquer table, her brush poised above the paper as she thinks, within a moonlit landscape showing pine and maple trees among undulating hills in gold and slight-coloured takamakie with details of kirikane and e-nashiji, the interior of nashiji, signed Kansai utsusu with red kao; with a gold ojime, pierced with clumps of kiku; and ivory Ryusa manju carved and pierced with mon, incorporating the signature Koku (sai).
10.2cm (4in).

Footnotes

  • 紫式部源氏物語執筆風景(於石山寺)図蒔絵印籠 銘「寛哉寫(花押)」 19世紀

    This is a portrait of Lady Murasaki Shikibu (early 11th century) residing in the Ishiyama temple at Lake Biwa, where she composed the epochal Tales of Genji. The temple itself had been founded at Otsu by Ryoben in 762, and, as one of the Eight Scenic Sights of Omi, was also a common subject for artists with or without its famous occupant.
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