Etchu Toyama Somada Mitsumasa, with kao. Signature translation: Somada Mitsumasa of Toyama in Etchu 越中富山杣田光正（花押）
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
- Somada Mitsumasa, Japanese, 1795–1856
Overall: 8.5 x 6 x 2.3 cm (3 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Black lacquer ground; inlay of thin shell and gold foil; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame