Four-case inro with bird and flower design

Japanese
Edo period
Late 18th century
Yamada School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.9 x 7.5 x 2.1 cm (3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.9886a

Medium or Technique

Textured gold lacquer ground of kinpun and slightly larger flakes; decoration in gold and silver takamaki-e with slight coloring and encrustation of shell; interiors gold fundame

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Inscription

Ganshi, Kaenko, Kokigan, Enreitan

Signed

Jokasai
常嘉斎

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