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Kakosai Shozan; Shibayama Yasumasa saku. Signature translation: Made by Shibayama Yasumasa 可交斎枩山 芝山易政作


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-19th century


Overall: 8 x 5.4 x 2.3 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 7/8 in.)

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Gold lacquer ground of fine kinpun (not kinji); decoration in encrustation of stained ivory, horn, red lacquer, coral, shell and gold foil with some red, gold and silver hiramaki-e; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame