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Pipe case with design of cuckoo and iris plant


Sumidagawa no atari ni sunde Jugyokusai Kazuyoshi, with a kao [Jugyokusai Kazuyoshi, dwelling on the banks of the Sumida River] 隅田川邊寿玉斎一美(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–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century

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Medium or Technique

Main material: tagayasan wood; other metals: gold and shibuichi or silver; decorative technique: relief overlay




Arms and armor