A tsuishu lacquer four-case inro By Murakami Chusei, 19th century
Lot 346
A tsuishu lacquer four-case inro By Murakami Chusei, 19th century
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A tsuishu lacquer four-case inro
By Murakami Chusei, 19th century
Each side with a shaped panel, one carved in relief with a poet and attendant in an open boat in the shelter of an overhanging cliff, the other with a poet seated before a tsuitate, decorated with a tiger and bamboo, on a verandah while an attendant pours water into a river, the top and base carved with scrolls in guri-bori and the interior of black lacquer, signed Shonai ju Murakami Chusei with kao; with red lacquer ojime carved with a dragon, signed Chusei with kao.
7.9cm (3 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • 中国文人山水図堆朱屈輪彫印籠 銘「荘内住村上仲靖(花押)」 19世紀

    Provenance: purchased from Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1993.
    Wrangham collection, no.2046.

    The figure in the boat may represent the Chinese poet Li Peh (Rihaku) who, when crossing a river, leaned over the side of his boat to see the reflection of the moon, fell overboard and was drowned.

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