Zeshin Shibata, Morning Glories, Flower Print

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CMSA248
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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Zeshin Shibata (1807-1891)
Title: Morning Glories
Date: 1860
Size: 21.6 x 29.2 cm
Condition: Centrefold, brown stains due to old glue on the top.

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.


This print depicts five coloured morning glories on flower coaster. The flower arrangement, 'Ikebana/Kado' is one of Japanese traditional customs by which arranging flowers, leaves, and branches express elegance and art. The word 'Kado' derives from spiritual meaning, and refers to ancient animism or flowering in front of Buddha. Zeshin's subject in his interest is used here as the aesthetic and eastern philosophy of Japanese traditional art.

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Print Format Other
Artist Name Zeshin Shibata
Title Morning Glories
Subject Flowers & Botanical
Dimensions 21.6 x 29.2 cm
Condition Report Centrefold, brown stains due to old glue on the top.

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.