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Hôgen Eisen, with kao; Kanshôsai, with kao 法眼榮川(花押)   觀松斎(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, Early 19th century


Overall: 8.1 x 6.9 x 2.1 cm (3 3/16 x 2 11/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Obverse: gold lacquer ground; decoration in gold and silver togidashi-e, with silver hiramaki-e Reverse: Black lacquer with sparse kinpun towards the bottom; decoration in gold and silver togidashi-e and gold hiramaki-e; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame