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Fuchi-kashira with designs of Shoki and an oni running away with his banner

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Signed with a kao (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) 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, early to mid-19th century (?)


Overall: 3.3 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm (1 5/16 x 5/8 x 5/16 in.)

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Main material: shakudo; other metals: gold, silver, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan




Arms and armor