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Five-case inro with design of Ushiwakamaru and Benkei on the Gojo Bridge

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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, Early 19th century


Overall: 9.4 x 4.6 x 2.7 cm (3 11/16 x 1 13/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

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Black lacquer ground with fine gold hirame; decoration in gold and aokin hiramaki-e and takamaki-e with kinpun and kirikane, applied with the two warriors in gold, shakudo, silver and copper