Four-case inro with design of ducks, stream and snow-laden bamboo

Japanese
Edo period
Late 18th–early 19th century
Iizuka School (Japanese), Kano Yôsen'in Korenobu (Japanese, 1753–1808)


Dimensions

Overall: 8.1 x 5.7 x 2.1 cm (3 3/16 x 2 1/4 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.9914

Medium or Technique

Black lacquer ground variously sprinkled with hirame verging on nashiji and kinpun; decoration in gold, silver and colored togidashi-e, hiramaki-e and takamaki-e with gold kirikane; interior gold fundame

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Toyo, with kao; Yosen Hogen, with kao
桃葉(花押)   養川法眼(花押)

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