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Four-case inro with design of the Hundred Demons (hyakki)

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Yamada Joka, with kao 山田常嘉(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: [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, mid-late 18th century


Overall: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.9 cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/16 x 3/4 in.)

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Black lacquer ground visible only in a stream at the top which is in gold hiramaki-e and kinpun; other decoration in gold, aokin, silver, red and black hiramaki-e and takamaki-e on a silver lacquer ground; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame