Five-case inro with design of musical instruments and musicians' caps

Japanese
Edo period
early to mid-18th century
Kajikawa School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 9.8 x 4.3 x 3 cm (3 7/8 x 1 11/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.9910

Medium or Technique

Black lacquer ground; decoration in gold and silver hiramaki-e and takamaki-e with kirikane and larger areas of gold foil; compartments and risers gold nashiji; shoulders and rims gold fundame

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Kajikawa saku, with seal Ei
梶川作 印 英

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