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Genshisai Hoin, with seal Ei (?); Joka, with unread seal 玄止齋法印 印 栄(?) 常嘉 印 (不詳)


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: 9.1 x 4.5 x 2.6 cm (3 9/16 x 1 3/4 x 1 in.)

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Black lacquer ground mostly covered by gold kinpun and hirame of varying density and grades, the kinpun merging to form a solid gold ground towards the top and on the reverse; decoration in silver togidashi-e and gold, aokin and black hiramaki-e and low takamaki-e, with shell encrustation for the jakago on the reverse; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame