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Tsuba with design of dragon and waves

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Bunsei gan tora hachigatsu Okishige, with a kao [Okishihe, the eighth month of the first, tora, year of Bunsei (=1818)] 文政元寅八月興繁(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, Edo period, 1818


Overall: 6.7 x 6.4 x 0.7 cm (2 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor