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Serving tray, lacquerer, c. 1910 - c. 1940

wood (plant material), d 26.2cm × h 3.1cm More details

In his desire to innovate, Shisui experimented with pigments, which ultimately led to the exuberant use of colour so characteristic of 20th-century Japanese lacquer. This restrained serving tray stands at the beginning of this quest. With subtle shades of green the artist has here created an almost palpable underwater scene.

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2