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Single-case sheath inro with design of crows and sugi trees

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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, mid-19th century


Overall: 9.3 x 5.2 x 2.9 cm (3 11/16 x 2 1/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Sheath: Black lacquer ground; with medium-density irregular hirame; decoration of leaves in gold and aokin hiramaki-e; interior nashiji Inner: a single compartment opening lengthwise; silver lacquer ground with decoration in black and gold togidashi-e; interior black lacquer with waves motifs in gold hiramaki-e; rims gold fundame lacquer