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Inkstone box (suzuribako) with "woman playing a sho" and phoenix design in mother-of-pearl inlay

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Ryukyu or Japanese, Meiji period, Second half of 19th century

Object Place

Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Accession Number

RES.11.4891a-g

Medium or Technique

Wood; lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Lacquer works