Four-case inro with design of hawk and crane

Japanese
Edo period
Early 19th century
Kajikawa School (Japanese), Kano Tan'yû (Japanese, 1602–1674)


Dimensions

Overall: 8.7 x 5.9 x 2 cm (3 7/16 x 2 5/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.9906

Medium or Technique

Black lacquer ground with increasingly dense kinpun forming a gold ground in the upper half; decoration in gold and aokin togidashi-e and gold, aokin, silver, black and red takamaki-e; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Kajikawa Bunryusai saku, with kao; Tan'yusai; seal Uneme
梶川文龍斎(花押)   探幽斎 *女

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