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Tsuba with design of a dragon

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Keio ganki kinoto-mi fuyu kisshin Suifu Watai Tanetora saku [Made by Watai Tanetora of Mito on a lucky day in the winter of the first, kinoto-mi, year of Keio (=1865)] 慶應元季乙巳冬吉辰 水府渡井胤虎作


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, 1865


Overall: 6.9 x 6.5 x 0.9 cm (2 11/16 x 2 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, niku-bori,




Arms and armor