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Toshi kin... Signature translation: Respectfully [made] by Toshi 桃枝謹。。。(不詳)


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-19th century


Overall: 8.1 x 7 x 2.1 cm (3 3/16 x 2 3/4 x 13/16 in.)

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Black lacquer ground modeled in accordance with the swirling wave design; waves in gold togidashi-e of kinpun; other decoration in gold and aokin takamaki-e with eyes probably inlaid in crystal; compartments and risers with takaramono in gold hiramaki-e on gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame