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Sheath-inro with design of dragon and clouds

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Unsigned 無銘


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, Late 17th–early 18th century


Overall: 7.8 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm (3 1/16 x 1 3/4 x 15/16 in.)

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Black lacquer with dense gold kinpun forming a gold ground; decoration in gold and silver takamaki-e with extensive gold kirikane and encrustation of ivory; inner part gold and aokin hiramaki-e; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame