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Five-case inro with design of chickens and cages

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Koma Kansai 古滿寛哉


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, Early 19th century


Overall: 9.2 x 5 x 2.6 cm (3 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 1 in.)

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Black lacquer ground, upper part with dense gold kinpun forming a gold ground, lower part with less dense variegated kinpun embellished with small hirame, cages in gold hiramaki-e over black lacquer; one bird in gold, silver and colored hiramaki-e, the other birds in encrustation of gold, silver and shakudo; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame