Four-case inro with design of horses

Japanese
Edo period
Early 19th century
Style of Koma School (Japanese), Possibly designed by Eisen'in I (Japanese, 1696–1731), Possibly designed by Eisen'in II (Japanese, 1730–1790)


Dimensions

Overall: 8.4 x 7.4 x 2.3 cm (3 5/16 x 2 15/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.9938a

Medium or Technique

Polished black lacquer ground in gold and aokin togidashi-e and hirame with gold foil and shell for the outlines of the horses; compartments and risers nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Hôgen Eisen ga, with unread seal; Koma Kyuhakusaku. Signature translation: Painted by Hôgen Eisen.
法眼榮川画 印 (不詳)  古滿休伯作

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