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Tsuba with design of dragons

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Joshu Mito no ju Hitotsuyanagi Tomonaga, with a kao [Hitotsuyanagi Tomotoshi of Mito in Hitachi Province, jointly made with Tomoyoshi] Ryosaku Hitotsuyanagi Tomoyoshi, with a kao 常州水戸住一柳友寿(花押) 両作一柳友善(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, mid-19th century


Overall: 7.2 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm (2 13/16 x 2 11/16 x 5/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold and silver; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, maru-bori, hirazogan, zogan




Arms and armor