Tobacco-pouch and pipecase; kagami netsuke with samurai and attendant, kanamono in the form of a shishi and peony; ojime with butterflies and peonies

Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century (before 1889)
Uchikoshi Hirochika (Japanese), Komin (Japanese, about 1845–1875)


Overall: 9.9 x 13.6 x 5.5 cm (3 7/8 x 5 3/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: leather; other metals: gold, silver, shibuichi, shakudo and copper; ivory bowl to kagami netsuke (cracked); decorative technique: uchidashi; iroe takazogan

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Arms and armor


Kagami netsuke signed Hirochika, with a kao
Kanamono plate signed Komin, with a kao
弘親(花押); 光*(玉+民?)(花押)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection