Zeshin Shibata, Sparrow’s Dance with Straw Hat

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Artist: Zeshin Shibata (1807-1891)
Title: Sparrow’s Dance with Straw Hat
Date: late 19th century
Size: 25 x 24 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

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The son of a sculptor, Zeshin was born and lived in Edo. As a child, he apprenticed to a lacquer craftsman and became a court painter in 1890. He is considered to be the greatest lacquerer of the 19th century. Particularly skilful in urushi-e, he produced charming, delicate works. Although he used many revolutionary elements in his work, both technically and creatively, Zeshin's works were always, on the whole, very traditional. In the brand-new medium of lacquer painting, he would paint traditional subjects like birds and flowers, insects, waterfalls and dragons.

Zeshin Shibata


Born and lived in Edo, Zeshin was the son of a sculptor. As a child, he apprenticed to a lacquer craftsman and became a court painter in 1890. He is considered to be the greatest lacquerer of the 19th century. Particularly skilful in urushi-e, he produced charming, delicate works. Although he used many revolutionary elements in his work, both technically and creatively, Zeshin's works were always, on the whole, very traditional. In the brand-new medium of lacquer painting, he would paint traditional subjects like birds and flowers, insects, waterfalls and dragons.

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Print FormatShikishiban
ArtistZeshin Shibata
SubjectAnimal & Birds
Dimensions25 x 24 cm
Condition ReportMinor crease on the left top, light tear on the bottom.
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