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Mounting for a sword of the tachi type with decoration of phoenixes

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Ikkanshi Tadatsuna 一竿子忠綱


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, 17th–18th century


Total: 100.3 cm; hilt 21.5 cm; sheath 76.5 cm

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Medium or Technique

Sword: Tempered steel; hilt: white string ray skin with cloissone (Himantura Sp.); sheath: lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay; metal fittings: gilt copper; tsuba: gilt bronze with cloissone




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