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Tsuba with design of fisherman with nets

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Gyonen rokujukyusai Juo Masayoshi saku [Made by Juo Masayoshi, aged sixty-nine] 行年六十九才壽翁政美作

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, Late 19th century

Dimensions

Overall: 8.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 cm (3 1/4 x 2 15/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.12528

Medium or Technique

Main material: shakudo and brass; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shibuichi and copper; copper sekigane; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor