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Tsuba with design of geese and moon

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Machida Kenkei no motome ni ojite Natsuo no zu o moshite Teikan Uso teppitsu, with a gold seal [From the iron brush of Teikan Uso, after a design by Natsuo and to the order of Machida Kenkei] 應町田賢契需模夏雄図貞幹迂叟鐵筆(印)


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, Meiji era, Late 19th century


Overall: 8.5 x 7.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor