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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

Ceremonial sword (kazari tachi)

Japanese, mid Edo period, 18th century

Object Place

Bizen province


L. .828

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Medium or Technique

Hilt: ray-skin, with cloisonne Metal fittings: gilt silver (punched); openwork, high and low relief, and cloisonne Sheath: gold aventurine lacquer, "sprinkled" (makie) lacquer, mother of pearl inlay




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