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Four-case sheath inro with design of boating courtiers; inner with yabure-hanabishi-shippou designs

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Unsigned 無銘


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, Late 18th century


Overall: 8.2 x 4.8 x 2.6 cm (3 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 1 in.)

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Sheath: black lacquer ground with coarse hirame; decoration in gold, aokin, silver and red togidashi-e; interior gold fundame Inner: Gold lacquer ground; decoration in gold hiramaki-e; ends gold hirame on black lacquer; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame