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Single-case inro in the form of an old inkcake with design of Jurojin and a stag on one side and a ten-character inscription on the other

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是真 南極見則人主 壽 昌天下治安


Zeshin 是真


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–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century


Overall: 7.2 x 3.9 x 1.6 cm (2 13/16 x 1 9/16 x 5/8 in.)

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Brown-black lacquer ground with decoration in takamaki-e of the same color; interior also black lacquer