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Tobacco-pouch (doran), pipecase (kiseru-zutsu), kagami netsuke and ojime; the kanamono with design of a man with spectacles sleeping over a scroll at a table

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Signed on the backplate: Meiji mizunoto-mi rinsho seizoku Shiho Rosetsu Teikan kore o sen [Carved by Shiho Rosetsu Teikan in the sixth month of the mizunoto-mi year of Meiji (=1883)]; the netsuke with a carved seal: Asa 明治癸未林鐘清屬紫峰老拙貞幹鐫之 朝


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, 1883


The pouch 10 x 13.5 cm

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Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, copper, ivory, silk




Arms and armor