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Kajikawa Bunryusai saku, with kao; Tan'yusai; seal Uneme 梶川文龍斎(花押)   探幽斎 *女


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: 8.7 x 5.9 x 2 cm (3 7/16 x 2 5/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Black lacquer ground with increasingly dense kinpun forming a gold ground in the upper half; decoration in gold and aokin togidashi-e and gold, aokin, silver, black and red takamaki-e; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame