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Sheath inro

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century
Inauthentic signature by Murakami Jochiku (Japanese, died about 1790–1800)


Dimensions

Overall: 6 x 7.2 x 2.6 cm (2 3/8 x 2 13/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

11.34993a

Medium or Technique

The outer section of brass the horses and broken wall partly in openwork, iroe takazogan and hirazogan of gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi, silver and copper, inner section of poor-quality black lacquer sprinkled with fragments of shell

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Kanshodo Jochiku; Taun ga

觀笙堂如竹 多云画

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: April 6, 2004)

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