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Five-case inro with plum tree design

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Unsigned 無銘


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 to mid-18th century


Overall: 8.3 x 5.6 x 2.5 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/16 x 1 in.)

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Gold lacquer ground scratched through in places to reveal the black, with gold kirikane; decoration in gold, silver and colored takamaki-e with uchikomi; containers gold nashiji; risers gold, silver and colored togidashi-e on a nashiji ground; shoulders and rims gold fundame