A rare mirror-form lacquer suzuribako with silver mounts, its cover
simulating pine bark and decorated with a gold lacquer cicada and beetle.
On its interior, a butterfly hovers over a wisteria branch executed in
gold lacquer and mother-of-pearl on a roiro and maki-e ground. This
exquisitely lacquered suzuribako is formerly part of the William
Sturgis Bigelow Collection and is in very good condition. (William
Sturgis Bigelow, along with his colleague Fenollosa, was an important
Japanese art collector during the Meiji Period, playing a significant
role in the preservation of Japanese artifacts during the period.) The
suzuribako bears the catalog serial numbers and seal of The Museum of
Fine Arts Boston, recipient of much of the Bigelow collection.
Edo Period, Japan