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Sheath inro

Japanese
Meiji era
Late 19th century
Iwama Mitsuyoshi (Japanese, about 1875)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.5 x 6.4 x 2.3 cm (2 15/16 x 2 1/2 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.34991b

Medium or Technique

In the form of a sake-jar with a lid that lifts off to reveal the inner section; the outer section of shibuichi with iroe takazogan of gold, silver, copper, shakudo and shibuichi, the inner section of silver

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Mitsuyoshi, with a seal saku

光盧 印 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: 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