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Kakosai Shozan; Shibayama 可交斎枩山 芝山


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


Overall: 9.6 x 4.9 x 3 cm (3 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Gold lacquer ground of large hirame with kinpun and extensive kirikane, some square, some shaped to represent grass etc.; decoration in gold and aokin togidashi-e, hiramaki-e and takamaki-e with further kirikane; encrustation of shell, red-stained ivory, dried red lacquer, gold, shakudo etc.; compartments and risers gold Gyobu nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame