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Document box with design of a cedar forest

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1900, made by the artist for the Exposition Universelle, Paris; by 1907, property of James Orange of Hong Kong; October 31, 1984, sold at Sotheby's, London (lot 225); March 28, 2006, sold to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at Christie's, New York (lot 391) (accession date: April 26, 2006).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from the Charles Goddard Weld Collection, Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund, a Gift of Yamanaka & Company, Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, Bequest of Mrs. Thomas O. Richardson, a Gift of Francis Gardner Curtis, a Gift of Mrs. Roger Cutler, a Gift of Mrs. Charles Goddard Weld, and a Gift of Misses Louisa W. and Marian R. Case

Japanese, Meiji era, 1899–1900


Overall: 11.4 x 26.4 x 36.7 cm (4 1/2 x 10 3/8 x 14 7/16 in.) Lender Accessory: 40 x 29.5 x 16 cm (15 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood; lacquer with maki-e decoration and silver rims




Lacquer works