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Three-case inro with design of boats laden with sheaves of rice

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Inscribed with names of medicines


Hokkyo Komin tsukuru. Signature translation: Made by Hokkyo Komin 法橋胡民造  黒丸子  化痰膏  奇効丸  延齢丹


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, mid-19th century


Overall: 6.3 x 4.5 x 1.7 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 11/16 in.)

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Waves in gold hiramaki-e on a gold lacquer ground; shores in raised takamaki-e of fine kinpun embellished with gold hirame; boats in gold takamaki-e, shell and lead; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame