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Ogurayama; Tsuten 通天 小倉山


Yosei zo. Signature translation: Made by Yosei 楊成造


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, mid-late 18th century


Overall: 7.9 x 5.7 x 1.9 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 3/4 in.)

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Brown-red lacquer ground possibly made up of different colors of ground dried lacquer, with keyfret design in a darker color, probably togidashi-e; applied with pre-formed carved red lacquer leaves; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame