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Sukenobu, with kao; Seisho, with kao 典信(花押) 正章作(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–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century


Overall: 7.7 x 5.6 x 2.2 cm (3 1/16 x 2 3/16 x 7/8 in.)

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Black lacquer ground; decoration in gold hiramaki-e and kinpun on black takamaki-e with encrustation of shell, silver and tortoiseshell; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame