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Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; kagami netsuke, kanamono and ojime in the form of musical instruments and mask for the Ranryo-o dance

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Signed

Kagami netsuke signed Ipposai Akikuni, with a kao Kanamono signed Minkoku, with a seal Koku; netsuke signed Tadayuki 一方斎明國(花押); 民國 印 國; 忠之

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century (before 1889)

Dimensions

Overall: 13.3 x 10.2 x 5 cm (5 1/4 x 4 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.24740a-d

Medium or Technique

Main material: leather; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and copper; ivory bowl to kagami netsuke; decorative technique: uchidashi; iroe takazogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor