Plaque with decoration of the vegetable nehan

Meiji era
Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)


Framed: 75 x 106 x 4 cm (29 1/2 x 41 3/4 x 1 9/16 in.) Unframed: 24 13/16 x 36 13/16 in. (63 x 93.5 cm) Lender accessory: 84 x 111.1 x 10.5 cm (33 1/16 x 43 3/4 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Lacquered wood

Not On View




Lacquer works


1888, purchased by Iwasaki Yanosuke (1851 - 1908) from the artist; Shôda Heigorô (1847 - 1922), relative of the Iwasaki family; 2008, partial gift of Gallery Chikuryudo, Inc., Tokyo, to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession date: December 17, 2008)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and by exchange from the William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, Charles Goddard Weld Collection, Bequest of Major Henry Lee Higginson, Gift of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman, Denman Waldo Ross Collection, Bequest of Thomas Gold Appleton, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John Gardner Coolidge Collection, Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund, Gift of Arthur Croft-The Gardner Brewer Collection, Gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel, Gift of Major Henry Lee Higginson, Gift of Louisa W. and Marian R. Case, Bequest of Mrs. Lydia S. Hays, Gift of Mrs. G. Winthrop Brown, G. Winthrop Brown, Jr. and Mrs. E. Paul Love in memory of G. Winthrop Brown, Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich in memory of Miss Minnie A. MacFadden, Anonymous gift, Susan Cornelia Warren Fund, Gift of Miss Emma Rodman, Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich and partial gift of Gallery Chikuryudo Inc.