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Tobacco-pouch; oval kagami netsuke with design of chrysanthemums; ojime with design of mantis, bird and plants; kanamono in the form of a hawk attacking another bird, sparrows and autumn plants; inner plate with butterfly and plants

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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, mid to late 19th century (before 1889)


Overall: 12.3 x 9.8 x 3.5 cm (4 13/16 x 3 7/8 x 1 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: embossed, painted and gilt leather; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi, copper and ebony; decorative technique: takabori, zogan, katakiri-bori




Arms and armor