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Tobacco-pouch and pipecase with embossed designs; netsuke; kanamono; ojime

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Kagami netsuke signed Ryumin, with a kao Kanamono plate signed Shomin, with a kao 立民(花押); 勝珉 (花押); 勝則(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: 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, Meiji era, mid to late 19th century (before 1889)


Overall: 18 x 13 x 4.5 cm (7 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: embossed, painted and gilt leather; other metals: gold silver, shakudo, shibuichi and copper; kagami netsuke with carved ivory bowl; decorative technique: uchidashi; iroe takazogan




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