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Tsuba with design of figures caught in a thunderstorm

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Meiwa shichi kanoe-tora rokugatsu Tetsugendo Naoshige kore o tsukuru [Made by Tetsugendo Naoshige in the sixth month of the seventh, kanoe-tora, year of Meiwa (=1770)] 明和七庚寅六月鐵元堂尚茂造之


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, 1770

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Overall: 7.9 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (3 1/8 x 3 x 5/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold; copper sekigane; gilt plugs; decorative technique: takabori, iroe




Arms and armor