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Tsuba with design of Gentoku, Kan'u and Chôhi (Xuande, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei) swearing allegiance, from the Sangokushi (Sanguozhi)

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Sekijoken Oyama Motozane, with a kao 赤城軒泰山元孚(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, Early 19th century


Overall: 7.7 x 7.3 x 0.5 cm (3 1/16 x 2 7/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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




Arms and armor