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Tsuba with design of autumn plants and arrowheads

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Meiji kanoe-uma tensho@ Tofu bokusui no kuma ni oite Teikan, with a kao 明治庚午天雎於東府墨水隈貞幹(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, Meiji era, 1870


Overall: 6.8 x 6.2 x 0.5 cm (2 11/16 x 2 7/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold and silver; gold shim and plug; decorative technique: iroe takazogan




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