Wall Decoration in the Form of a Fan, signed “Ikeda Taishin”

Ikeda TaishinMeiji period (1868–1912), before 1873

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Vienna, Austria

Ikeda Taishin was a student and friend of Shibata Zeshin (1807–1891), the great reformer of Japanese lacquer art in a movement that attempted to combine new forms with traditional artistic techniques. This was seen as a way of establishing an autonomous artistic language to combat the “westernization” of the arts. Ikeda Taishin was successfully represented with several objects at the 1873 Vienna World’s Fair and as a result was regularly commissioned to take part in official presentations. As a member of the Imperial Academy and the imperial household, he was honored with the highest distinctions available to an artist.


  • Title: Wall Decoration in the Form of a Fan, signed “Ikeda Taishin”
  • Creator: Ikeda Taishin
  • Date Created: Meiji period (1868–1912), before 1873
  • Location: Japan
  • Subject Keywords: Asia
  • Type: Wall Decoration
  • Rights: Photo: © MAK/Georg Mayer
  • External Link: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
  • Material and Technology: Wood with lacquer decoration in various techniques (“maki-e”)
  • Inventory Number: La 56
  • Designer: Ikeda Taishin

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