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Mitsuyoshi, with a seal saku 光盧 印 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: April 6, 2004) 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, Meiji era, Late 19th century


Overall: 7.5 x 6.4 x 2.3 cm (2 15/16 x 2 1/2 x 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

In the form of a sake-jar with a lid that lifts off to reveal the inner section; the outer section of shibuichi with iroe takazogan of gold, silver, copper, shakudo and shibuichi, the inner section of silver