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Kanko Kajikawa saku, with kao. Signature translation: Made by Kajikawa, official craftsman 官工梶川作(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, Late 18th–early 19th century


Overall: 7.5 x 4.8 x 2.6 cm (2 15/16 x 1 7/8 x 1 in.)

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Black lacquer ground almost covered by irregularly shaped gold kirikane interspersed with gold hiramaki-e; decoration in gold, aokin and silver takamaki-e with gold foil and shell; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame