Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; netsuke in the form of a dragon and ball, kanamono in the form of a Rakan riding a tiger, with an attendant; ojime with tiger and bamboo

Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century (before 1889)
Naotada (Japanese), Minkoku (Japanese)


Overall: 13 x 10 x 5.5 cm (5 1/8 x 3 15/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: leather; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi, brass and iron; stained ivory netsuke; decorative technique: uchidashi; iroe takazogan

Not On View




Arms and armor


Ojime signed Naotada
Netsuke signed Minkoku
直忠 民谷


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)

[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