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Ceremonial sword (kazari tachi) with hilt, sheath, and metal fittings

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Ikkanshi Tadatsuna


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Two Swords

Japanese, mid Edo period, 18th century


Total: 100.5 cm; hlit: 21.5 cm; sheath 76.5 cm

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Medium or Technique

Tempered steel; fittings of gold (sheath: gold aventurine, lacquer and inlaid mother of pearl)




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