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Three-case inro with design of the Three Sake Tasters

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Kanshosai, with kao 觀松斎(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, Late 18th century


Overall: 8.2 x 7.9 x 2.1 cm (3 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 13/16 in.)

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Black lacquer ground with sparser gold hirame growing denser towards the top; decoration in gold, silver, aokin and red takamaki-e with uchikomi colored red; some togidashi-e on reverse; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame