By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 6, 2004) NOTES:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century
Overall: 7.9 x 3.6 x 3 cm (3 1/8 x 1 7/16 x 1 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
A miniature box formed from ivory, the decoration in gold, silver and colored hiramaki-e, with a sliding cover and an inner drawer (silver pull), the front of the drawer currently detached