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Four-case inro


Yutokusai Tachibana Hogyoku 有得齋橘鳳玉


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: [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–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century


Overall: 9.8 x 4.2 x 2.9 cm (3 7/8 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

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The body of ivory, decorated in gold, silver and black hiramaki-e and takamaki-e wirh gold foil and details in nashiji, the figures in iroe takazogan of gold, silver, shakudo and shibuichi, the karako's fan detached and placed inside one of the cases