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Four-case inro with the story of Kanshin's humiliation

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Bairin, with kao 梅隣(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, Meiji era, Late 19th century


Overall: 8.8 x 6 x 2.3 cm (3 7/16 x 2 3/8 x 7/8 in.)

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Black lacquer ground almost entirely covered by gold kinji except on the waves which are decorated with gold kinpun and small hirame, with gold and aokin hiramaki-e; other decoration in gold and aokin takamaki-e with kirikane; figures applied in shakudo, silver, gold and shibuichi; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame