A lacquer three-case saya inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
The sheath of cylindrical form, decorated with an all-over design resembling netting in gold hiramakie, enclosing within a similarly-shaped, cylindrical three-case inro, each case lacquered on the exterior in coloured hiramakie with a band of different blossoms (chrysanthemums, white and red plum, maple leaves and paulownia) representing the four seasons, the bottom signed in gold lacquer Zeshin, with carved black-lacquered ojime, unsigned. 7.5cm (2 15/16in). (2).