Single-case inro with herdboy and ox design, with detachable inner tray

Japanese
Edo period
mid-late 18th century


Dimensions

Overall: 6.2 x 7.6 x 3.6 cm (2 7/16 x 3 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.9958a

Medium or Technique

Gold lacquer ground of dense medium-grade kinpun; decoration in gold and black hiramaki-e and togidashi-e with extensive oxidised silver foil and shell inlay; interior black lacquer; risers black lacquer with gold togidashi-e; shoulders and rims gold fundame; inner tray black lacquer with gold lacquer rim

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Inro

Signed

Unsigned
無銘

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