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Kanshosai, with kao 觀松斎(花押)


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: 8.4 x 6.5 x 1.6 cm (3 5/16 x 2 9/16 x 5/8 in.)

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Black lacquer ground; obscured with fine aokin and gold kinpun, with areas of hirame bordering on nashiji; decoration in gold, aokin, silver and red hiramaki-e and low takamaki-e with gold foil and encrustation of shell