SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH ANTIQUE COINS 古銭蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH ANTIQUE COINS 古銭蒔絵印籠
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 11,000 - 16,000
SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH ANTIQUE COINS 古銭蒔絵印籠
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890
An inrō with three interlocking cases and cover, of lenticular cross-section with straight sides, flat top and base, and applied cord-runners, the roiro black-lacquer ground decorated in inlay of seidō-nuri in various colours and gold maki-e with seven ancient Chinese coins and charms (see below), the compartments and risers gold nashiji, the shoulders and rims gold fundame

Signed in katakiribori at lower left Zeshin 是真

7.5 × 7 × 1.8 cm (3 × 2¾ × ¾ in.)

Fitted wood storage box (2)

Footnotes

  • Zeshin selected a wide range of ancient Chinese coins and charms from different periods for this virtuoso display of seidō-nuri techniques imitating bronze or copper. The coin at the top, with simulated patination of the kind associated with excavated artefacts, is an example of a 'square-footed spade' minted around 300–200 BC and inscribed with the name Anyang 安陽 (in Japanese, An'yō) after the city in China's Henan Province. The two coins below it are a Wuzhuqian 五珠銭 (Goshusen), thought to have been first minted in 118 BC, and a Taiping baiqian 太平百銭 (Taihei hyakusen), a coin said to date from the third century AD. On other side of the inrō is a five-lobed foliate gold charm inscribed Changming shoufu gui 長命守富貴 (Chōmei shofu ki, 'A long life of wealth and honour'); such charms are mentioned in a Song-dynasty (960–1279) catalogue which states that they were made during the Tang dynasty (618–907) and were scattered on the bridal canopies of newly married couples (see Fang and Thierry 2016, p. 56). This charm overlaps a standard copper coin inscribed Kaiyuan tongbao 開元通宝 (Kaiun tsūhō), first issued in 621 AD. Of the two remaining coins, one is unidentified and the other, inscribed Xiaoquan zhiyi 小泉直一 (Shōsen chokuichi), is a type issued in 9–14 AD during Wang Mang's usurpation of the imperial throne.
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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH ANTIQUE COINS 古銭蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890
SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH ANTIQUE COINS 古銭蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890
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