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Kanshodo Jochiku; Taun ga 觀笙堂如竹 多云画


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, Edo period–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century


Overall: 6 x 7.2 x 2.6 cm (2 3/8 x 2 13/16 x 1 in.)

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The outer section of brass the horses and broken wall partly in openwork, iroe takazogan and hirazogan of gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi, silver and copper, inner section of poor-quality black lacquer sprinkled with fragments of shell