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The Twelve Zodiac Animals

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Signed

Signed: Masatsugu

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, about 1833

Object Place

Osaka, Japan

Catalogue Raisonné

239

Dimensions

1.9 x 3.6 x 3.8 cm (3/4 x 1 7/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.23376

Medium or Technique

Stained ivory and horn

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Netsuke