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Two-case inro with cicada and ivy design

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Yosei zo; Yasuchika. Signature translation: Made by Yosei 養成造   安親


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, Early 19th century


Overall: 7.1 x 5.8 x 2.6 cm (2 13/16 x 2 5/16 x 1 in.)

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Plain wood ground with exaggerated grain; decoration in applied gold and pre-dried carved red lacquer; interiors plain wood with silvered metal liners