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Koma Kansai, with kao 古滿寛哉(花押)

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, Early 19th century

Dimensions

Overall: 8.6 x 5.6 x 2.2 cm (3 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.9974

Medium or Technique

Black lacquer ground; decoration in black lacquer low takamaki-e; signature also in black; compartments and risers gold Gyobu nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro