Inro, 1865 (made), Shibata Zeshin, born 1807 - died 1891 (maker), Gold and silver hiramakie and takamakie lacquer on a dark green lacquer ground imitating stone. This inro representing the eleventh month depicts sake gourds and prunus blossoms. The sake gourds were symbolic of Frost Month Festival (Shimozuki). The most important element of this was the offering to the gods of sake brewed from the year’s rice harvest. The prunus blossoms were also characteristic of the winter months.