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Seven-case inro with flower-cart (hanaguruma) and cherry-blossom design

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Hasegawa Kyorinsai saku, with seal Hashira. Signature translation: Made by Hasegawa Kyorinsai 長谷川巨鱗齋作 印 柱


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–early 19th century


Overall: 8.9 x 5.3 x 2.4 cm (3 1/2 x 2 1/16 x 15/16 in.)

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Gold lacquer ground; decoration in gold, aokin, silver, brown and black takamaki-e, with gold and silver kirikane; compartments and risers rich gold Gyobu nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame