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Sheath inro

Japanese
Meiji era
Late 19th century
Hata Nobuyoshi (Japanese, 1807–1878)


Dimensions

Overall: 5.6 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm (2 3/16 x 2 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.34994b

Medium or Technique

The outer section of iron, the owl and part of the willow cut in openwork, the moon represented by a large circular opening on each side, some details in gold, the inner section of silver

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Nobuyoshi, with a kao

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