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Tsuba with design of monkeys in a peach tree

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Yoshu Matsuyama no ju Shoami Moritomi, with a kao, Bunsei ninen tsuchinoto-u shoshu kisshin sei [Made by Shoami Moritomi of Matsuyama in Iyo Province on a lucky day in the seventh month of the second, tsuchinoto-u year of Bunsei (=1819)] 豫州松山住 正阿弥盛富(花押)文政二年己卯初秋吉辰製


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, 1819


Overall: 7.6 x 7.2 x 0.4 cm (3 x 2 13/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold; decorative technique: sukidashi-bori, nikubori, zogan




Arms and armor