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Maki-e Shigemasa; Shozui. Signature translation: Maki-e [by] Shigemasa 蒔絵重政 政隨


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, mid-19th century


Overall: 7.6 x 6.6 x 2.3 cm (3 x 2 5/8 x 7/8 in.)

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Black lacquer ground; decoration in gold takamaki-e, with kinpun, kirikane and uchikomi; birds applied in gold, silver and shibuichi; compartments and risers black lacquer; shoulders and rims gold hirame