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Plate with Floral Design, one of five

Accession Number
1968/2.58

Title
Plate with Floral Design, one of five

Artist(s)
Shibata Zeshin

Object Creation Date
circa 1879-1890

Medium & Support
clear lacquer over gold leaf and polychrome lacquer painting on paper

Dimensions
3 11/16 in. x 3 3/4 in. ( 9.4 cm x 9.6 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Label copy
Chinese bellflowers and pampas grass are two of the “seven grasses of autumn,” a favorite motif in Japanese decorative arts for centuries. Here, they are exquisitely painted in colored lacquer on plates of gold leaf by one of the great geniuses of Japanese design, Shibata Zeshin. The unexpected contrast of the quiet, natural plant motifs against the glittering square of gold is typical of Zeshin’s work.
Maribeth Graybill
“Four Seasons In Japanese Art”: Special Installation of Japanese Gallery at UMMA: Object Labels
July 5, 2003-January 4, 2004
The flowers depicted in these delicate works - literally made of layers of papers - are five of the "seven grasses of autumn," a favorite motif in Japanese decorative arts for centuries. Here, they are exquisitely painted in colored lacquer on plates of gold leaf by one of the great geniuses if Japanese design, Shibata Zeshin. The unexpected contrast of the quiet, natural plant motifs against the glittering square of gold is typical of Zeshin's work.
exhibited summer 2010

Subject matter

Shibata Zeshin

Japan, 1807-1891

 

Five Plates with Floral Designs

Edo period (1603-1868)

c. 1879-1890

Clear lacquer over gold leaf and polychrome lacquer painting on paper

Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund, 1968/2.56-1968/2.60


Chinese bellflowers and pampas grass are two of the “seven grasses of autumn,” a favorite motif in Japanese decorative arts for centuries. This set of lacquer plates showcases a different autumn flower on each.

Physical Description
Autumn flowers are painted in colored lacquer on plates of gold leaf. The quiet, natural plant motifs stand out against the glittering square of gold.

Primary Object Classification
Decorative Arts

Primary Object Type
lacquer

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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autumn
flowers (plant components)
gold (metal)
lacquer (coating)
plates (timepiece components)

1 Related Resource

Zeshin
(Part of: Many Voices)

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