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Tsuba with design of dragon, clouds and lightning

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Koka ni kinoto-mi toshi Bunryudo Dojin [Bunryudo Dojin, in the second, kinoto-mi, year of Koka (=1845)] 弘化二乙巳年文龍舎道人


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, 1845


Overall: 7.9 x 7.5 x 0.5 cm (3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

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




Arms and armor