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Tenmei yon kinoe-tatsu toshi Iwamoto Konkan, with a kao [Iwamoto Konkan, the fourth, kinoe-tatsu, year of Tenmei (=1784)] 天明四甲辰歳岩本昆寛(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, 1784


Overall: 7.4 x 7.1 x 0.5 cm (2 15/16 x 2 13/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: shibuichi; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold; shakudo plug; decorative technique: shishiai-bori, iroe




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