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Bunsei mizunoe-uma Someya Tomonobu [Tomonobu, in the mizunoe-uma year of Bunsei (=1822)] 文政壬午染谷知信


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, 1822


Overall: 7.4 x 6.7 x 0.5 cm (2 15/16 x 2 5/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: ishime-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shippo; decorative technique: iroe takazogan, shippo




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