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Tsuba with design of mountain landscape and horses and willow

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Man'en gan kanoe-saru rokugatsu kisshojitsu Choshu Hagi no ju Kawaji Tomomichi tsukuru 万延元庚申六月吉祥日河治友道作


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, 1860


Overall: 7.9 x 7.2 x 0.6 cm (3 1/8 x 2 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: copper, shakudo and silver; decorative technique: sukidashi-bori, zogan




Arms and armor