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Four-case inro with katawaguruma design

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Yoyusai, with kao 羊遊斎(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, Early 19th century


Overall: 8.4 x 5.6 x 2 cm (3 5/16 x 2 3/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Gold lacquer ground embellished with gold hirame; decoration in gold hiramaki-e and shell; compartments gold hirame on a black lacquer ground; risers with tomoe motifs in gold togidashi-e on gold hirame on a black lacquer ground; shoulders and rims gold fundame