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Tsuba with design of figures caught in a thunderstorm

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Meiwa hachi kanoto-u nigatsu Naoshige, with seal Toshiyuki [Naoshige, the second month of the eighth, kanoto-u, of Meiwa (=1771)] 明和八辛卯二月尚茂 印 敏行


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: 7.4 x 7.1 x 0.6 cm (2 15/16 x 2 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

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




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