A lacquer single-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Of rectangular form, deocorated in brown, black and kasshoku (dark, burnt-orange) takamakie, with a large persimmon fruit and two kurosuguri (blackberries) falling to the ground on one side, a small trailing branch of kurosuguri on the reverse, the calyx and branches skillfully rendered to create a realistic and textured surface which contrasts against the smooth, glossy lacquer finish of the over-ripe fruit, all reserved on a dark brown seido-nuri ground, the interior of plain roiro lacquer, signed on the base with scratched characters Zeshin.
6.6cm x 4.7cm (2 9/16in x 1 13/16in).
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