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Four-case inro with wave and rocks design

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Nami Denjo saku; Masanori, with kao. Signature translation: Waves by Denjo 浪傳乘作   正則(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, Late 17th–early 18th century


Overall: 6.4 x 5.3 x 2.6 cm (2 1/2 x 2 1/16 x 1 in.)

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The ground entirely covered in uchidashi silver foil and gold takamaki-e with embellishment of gold foil in both kirikane and larger size, the takamaki-e with uchikomi filled with shell; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame