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Box and cover with design of an oni recoiling in fright before a rakan who opens his breast to reveal an image of Amida; the sides with egrets and lotuses


大日本東都住楳堂秀楽 印 勝廣 印


Dainhon Toto no ju Baido Shuraku, with a seal Katsuhiro, with a seal


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, Meiji era, late 19th century

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Medium or Technique

Main material: brass; silver lining; other metals: gold, silver, copper and shibuichi; decorative technique: takabori, zogan