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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, early to mid-19th century
Overall: 8.7 x 4.8 x 2.4 cm (3 7/16 x 1 7/8 x 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold lacquer ground covered by irregular gold kirikane with a few burnished square kirikane indicating the ground; decoration in gold, silver, black and red takamaki-e with crystals eyes on the ox; herdboy applied in gold, silver, shakudo and shibuichi; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame