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Kagami netsuke with design of chrysanthemums

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Tenpo juichi kanoe-ne shoshu Harusada, with a kao [Harusada, early autumn of the eleventh, kanoe-ne, year of Tenpo (=1840).] 天保十一庚子初秋春貞(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, 1840


Overall: 3.3 x 1.3 cm (1 5/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: ishime-ji; other metals: gold, silver and copper; lacquer bowl; decorative technique: iroe takazogan




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