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Four-case inro with 1000 crane (senzuru) design

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Kakosai Teimin 可交斎貞*(玉+民)


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, Meiji era, Late 19th century


Overall: 8.9 x 6.1 x 2.2 cm (3 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold lacquer ground of fine kinpun; decoration in gold, aokin, silver, red and black low takamaki-e; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame