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Flask with fish and scroll design

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1880s, probably purchased in Japan by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1899, gift of Bigelow and Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge to the MFA (Accession Date: November 7, 1899). 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 and Denman Waldo Ross

Korean, Joseon dynasty, late 15th century

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H. 22.8 cm (9 in.); diam. of rim: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); diam. of body: 18.3 x 13.9 cm (7 3/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Buncheong stoneware with incised and sgraffito decoration




Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware