Four-case inro with wave and rocks design

Japanese
Edo period
Late 17th–early 18th century
Goto Denjo (Japanese, died in 1712)


Dimensions

Overall: 6.4 x 5.3 x 2.6 cm (2 1/2 x 2 1/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

11.9898

Medium or Technique

The ground entirely covered in uchidashi silver foil and gold takamaki-e with embellishment of gold foil in both kirikane and larger size, the takamaki-e with uchikomi filled with shell; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Nami Denjo saku; Masanori, with kao. Signature translation: Waves by Denjo
浪傳乘作   正則(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