A fine gold lacquer four-case inro By Ganshosai Shunsui, Meiji Period, late 19th century
Lot 43
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro By Ganshosai Shunsui, Meiji Period, late 19th century
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 23,472) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro By Ganshosai Shunsui, Meiji Period, late 19th century A fine gold lacquer four-case inro By Ganshosai Shunsui, Meiji Period, late 19th century
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro
By Ganshosai Shunsui, Meiji Period, late 19th century
Of upright form, the ground of rich gyobu-hirame scattered with large gold flakes, lacquered with a snake winding around the sides and each end with its mouth open and tongue flickering, its body of brown lacquer with silver lacquer belly and its one visible eye of partly-lacquered aogai, the interior of nashiji, signed Ganshosai Shunsui with kao; with a gold-lacquer ojime, lacquered with damsel flies over a stream. 9.5cm (3¾in) high.

Footnotes

  • 大蛇図蒔絵印籠 銘「巌松斎春翠(花押)」 明治時代(19世紀後期)

    Provenance: Lt. Col. J. B. Gaskell collection.
    Mrs T. S. Hall collection.
    Purchased at Glendining & Co. Ltd., London in 1952.

    The snake is believed to possess magical powers and to be able to transform itself into human guise. Following the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in 552AD, the snake became the emblem of female passions such as sensuality, hatred and jealousy.
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