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Six-case inro with autumnal landscape design; deer, maple, waterfall and mountains

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En'ami Suô saku 圓阿弥周防作


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, early to mid-18th century


Overall: 10 x 5.3 x 2.5 cm (3 15/16 x 2 1/16 x 1 in.)

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Black lacquer ground almost entirely covered in gold takamaki-e but with gold hirame and kirikane and silver hiramaki-e for the stream and waterfall; other decoration in gold, aokin and colored hiramaki-e with extensive gold kirikane; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame