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Four-case sheath inro with design of temple attendant and lantern

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Koryusai Kazunori saku; Kakosai Shozan zo. Signature translation: Made by Koryusai Kazunori 蛟龍斎一則作 可交斎枩山造


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-19th century


Overall: 7 x 5.9 x 2.5 cm (2 3/4 x 2 5/16 x 1 in.)

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Sheath: gold lacquer ground of kinpun with some hirame; decoration in gold hiramaki-e and takamaki-e; attendant and lantern in shibuichi, gold, shakudo, copper and silver Inner: black lacquer ground; top and bottom gold lacquer; interior black lacquer with gold fundame rims; no decoration