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Sheath inro

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid-19th century
Uchikoshi Hirochika (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.7 x 5.2 x 3 cm (3 1/16 x 2 1/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.34989a

Medium or Technique

The outer section of shibuichi with very high iroe takazogan of shakudo, shibuichi, gold and silver, the inner section of plain wood with naahiji lacquer on each end

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Shiunsai Hirochika, with a kao

紫雲斎 弘親

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