Netsuke in the form of a broken inkstick

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century
Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)


Dimensions

Overall: 3.6 x 2.6 x 1.3 cm (1 7/16 x 1 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.10063b

Medium or Technique

Brown-black lacquer ground with decoration in takamaki-e of the same color

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Zeshin, Myokiin shoden shukuzu. Signature translation: Reduced-size painting preserved in the Myokiin

是真 妙喜院所傳縮圖

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