A lacquer four-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
The dark green seidonuri ground decorated in gold and coloured takamakie with a tied net filled with fireflies suspended from a bamboo pole on the front, and one firefly crawling up the pole, the reverse depicting a broken, slatted wall of a dwelling, overgrown with a creeper, with details in aogai, keuchi and harigaki, the interior of rich gyobu-nashiji; the base signed with scratched characters Zeshin, with wood ojime in the form of a yagura-mon, and lacquer hako-netsuke lacquered in gold takamakie with chrysanthemum blossoms floating on waves, unsigned. 7.1cm (2¾in).
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