Five-case inro with cherry-blossom design

Japanese
Edo period
Late 18th–early 19th century


Dimensions

Overall: 9.8 x 4.9 x 3 cm (3 7/8 x 1 15/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.9923

Medium or Technique

Black lacquer ground covered by kirikane mosaic (some missing); decoration in gold and aokin low takamaki-e; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Unsigned
無銘

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection