Crystal sphere (now with silver stand 03.1880)

Pearl in Waves

Japanese
Meiji era
1884


Dimensions

Overall: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

93.1476

Medium or Technique

Crystal

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Sculpture

Provenance

1876, natural quartz discovered at Ontake Mountain, Kai, Japan; Between March and December, 1881, bought by Naito Arimori from Naito Tsukuba at the Second Tokyo Exposition; December, 1881-June, 1884, cut and formed into a sphere under the supervision of Naito Arimori and Naito Tsukuba at the village of Miyamoto; January, 1887, bought by Hasegawa Rokusaburo; December, 1890, bought by Sasaki Mosaburo; December, 1892, sold by Sasaki to Murata Kinbei, by Kinbei to Tomita Shin'ei and by Tomita to Tadamasa Hayashi, agent for William Baumgarten & Co., New York; January 30, 1893, received by Frederick Lothrop Ames from William Baumgarten; December 12, 1893, gift of Mrs. Frederick L. Ames to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: December 12, 1893)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Frederick L. Ames in the name of Frederick L. Ames