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Five-case inro with design of deer and autumn landscape

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Tan'yu hoin no zu o motte Kajikawa saku, with seal Ei. Signature translation: Made by Kajkawa using a picture by Tan'yu Hoin 以探幽法印圖梶川作 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 century


Overall: 7.7 x 4.9 x 2.4 cm (3 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 15/16 in.)

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Black lacquer ground visible only in stream which is rendered in kinpun and gold hiramaki-e; other decoration in gold, silver and red hiramaki-e and takamaki-e with gold kirikane; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame