Nagatsune, with a kao
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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century
- Ichinomiya Nagatsune, Japanese, 1722–1787
Overall: 7.3 x 4.7 x 1.7 cm (2 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
The outer section of shibuichi with iroe takazogan of shakudo, gold and silver, some of the gold imitating nashiji lacquer, three clouds in openwork revealing the blackened silver inner section