Plate with Floral Design, one of fiveArtist(s)Shibata ZeshinObject Creation Datecirca 1879-1890Medium & Supportclear lacquer over gold leaf and polychrome lacquer painting on paperDimensions
3 3/4 in. x 3 13/16 in. ( 9.5 cm x 9.7 cm )Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundLabel copy
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 2010Subject matter
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 TypelacquerCollection AreaAsianRights
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flowers (plant components)
plates (timepiece components)