Tobacco-pouch with embossed designs; pipecase with design of the Three Heroes of Shoku (Shu), from the Sangokushi (Sanguozhi); kanamono in the form of Tadamori capturing the oil thief; ojime with ho-o and kiri designs

Meiji era
mid to late 19th century (before 1889)
Shômin Unno (Japanese, 1844–1915), Serizawa Ryumin (Japanese, born in 1826)


Overall: 13.5 x 9.8 x 4.5 cm (5 5/16 x 3 7/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: embossed, painted and gilt leather; carved ebony; other metals: gold, silver, copper, enamel, stained ivory; decorative technique: uchidashi; iroe takazogan

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Arms and armor


Kanamono signed Shomin, with a seal Shomin
Pipecase signed Ryumin for the metalwork and Yoshinobu for the carving
勝珉 印 勝珉; 立民; 好信


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