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Fuchi-kashira with designs of dragons and clouds

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Kansei go mizunoto-mi toshi Keii Hironaga ga, with a kao, Sunagawa Masanori [Sunagawa Masanori (after a) painting by Keii Hironaga, fifth, mizunoto-mi, year of Kansei (=1793)] 寛政五癸丑年慶意廣長画(花押)砂川正海矩


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

Japanese, Edo period, 1793


Overall: 3.7 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm (1 7/16 x 13/16 x 7/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: copper; decorative technique: takabori




Arms and armor