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Four-case inro with design of seagulls and chidori

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Mitsutoshi, with seal Yamamoto 光利 印 山本


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, Meiji era, Late 19th century


Overall: 8.4 x 5.9 x 2.6 cm (3 5/16 x 2 5/16 x 1 in.)

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Gold lacquer ground of very fine kinpun; obverse with decoration in gold hiramaki-e and applied silver; reverse with decoration in gold and silver hiramaki-e with shell; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame