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Two-case inro in the form of folded poem-papers, with peony, paulownia and ho-o design

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Jitokusai Gyokuzan saku, with seal Omura. Signature translation: Made by Jitokusai Gyokuzan 自得齋玉山作 印 大村


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, Late 18th–early 19th century


Overall: 11.6 x 4.6 x 1.6 cm (4 9/16 x 1 13/16 x 5/8 in.)

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Gold lacquer ground; decoration in gold and aokin takamaki-e with gold foil; central section with burnished irregular kirikane, decorated in the same techniques; interior black lacquer; shoulders and rims gold fundame