Three-case inro with design of a cormorant with a crayfish in its beak

Japanese
Edo period
mid-late 18th century
Iizuka School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 6.7 x 7.2 x 1.4 cm (2 5/8 x 2 13/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.9915

Medium or Technique

Silver lacquer ground; decoration in gold, black and red takamaki-e with kinpun; compartments and risers silver lacquer; shoulders and rims gold fundame

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Toyo, with kao
桃葉(花押)

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