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Shibata Zeshin, Masterpieces of Japanese lacquer from the Khalili Collection

Shibata Zeshin
Masterpieces of Japanese lacquer from the Khalili Collection

Catalogue in association with the exhibition at the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK (Apr – Oct 1997)

Published 1997

Joe Earle

Shibata Zeshin (1807–91) was one of the finest exponents of lacquerware in the history of Japanese art. His supreme artistry and technical innovations are celebrated in this catalogue which accompanies the exhibition of some 70 works from the Khalili Collection,
shown at the Ivy Wu Gallery, Royal Museum of Scotland, 1997. The catalogue, written by the exhibition curator Joe Earle, formerly Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum, includes some of the finest examples of Zeshin’s art to be found anywhere in the world and offers a fascinating survey of the artist’s unprecedented mastery of this intricate medium, ranging from writing boxes and sake-cups to decorative panels and lacquer paintings.

About the author(s)

Joe Earle – Senior Consultant for Japanese Works of Art, Bonhams, London; former Director of the Japan Society Gallery, New York and Chair of the Department of the Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts


80 pages; softcover; 28 × 22 cm; The Kibo Foundation in association with the National Museums of Scotland; Isbn: 978-1-874780-09-0
out of print


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