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Fuchi-kashira with designs of stylized characters

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Sano Naoteru, with a kao 佐野直照(花押)

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, early to mid-19th century

Catalogue Raisonné

74

Dimensions

Overall: 3.3 x 1.8 x 0.7 cm (1 5/16 x 11/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.23922a

Medium or Technique

Main material: shakudo; other metals: red copper, copper and gold; decorative technique: iroe hirazogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor