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Five-case inro with design of cranes, waves and grasses

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Kajikawa saku, with seal Ei. Signature translation: Made by Kajikawa 梶川作 印 英


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, Late 18th–early 19th century


Overall: 9.7 x 4.8 x 2.8 cm (3 13/16 x 1 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Black lacquer ground with waves in kinpun and gold togidashi-e; rest of ground gold; decoration in gold, silver and colored hiramaki-e and low takamaki-e with gold foil details and kirikane; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame