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Tobacco pipe with design of a dragon grasping a pearl, emerging from a jardiniere containing a pine and peony

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century


Dimensions

Overall: 27.3 cm (10 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.24724

Medium or Technique

Main material: shibuichi (?); surface treatment: ishime-ji; other metals: gold, silver and shakudo; decorative technique: takabori, zogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Metalwork

Inscription

正弘

Signed

Masahiro

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