A fine black lacquer four-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
In the form of a rectangular ink-cake, carved in relief over the ishime ground on one side with the boy hero Yoko approaching a spreading pine tree and on the other with the large tiger that was terrorising his village, the boy's coat and the tiger painted gilt, signed in characteristic scratched technique Zeshin; with woven metal ojime in the form of a basket, unsigned.
6.7cm (2⅝in) high.
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