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Bushu Shinagawa ni oite kore o chozo Kikuoka Mitsuyuki, with a kao. Signature translation: Carved by Kikuoka Mitsuyuki at Shinagawa in Musashi Province 於武州品川彫造之菊岡光行(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: 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, late 18th–early 19th century


Overall: 7.5 x 4.7 x 2 cm (2 15/16 x 1 7/8 x 13/16 in.)

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The outer section shibuichi with decoration in iroe takazogan of gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi, silver and copper, clouds in openwork on each side revealing the silver inner section.