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Tsuba with design of samurai

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Goshu Hikone no ju Kitagawa Mogarashi Nyudo Soten nanajusansai sei [Made by the layman Mogarashi Soten of Hikone in Omi Province at the age of seventy-three] 江州彦根住喜多川藻柄子入道宗典行年七十三歳製


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, mid-18th century


Overall: 7.7 x 7.7 x 0.6 cm (3 1/16 x 3 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and copper; shakudo plugs; decorative technique: takabori, sue-mon, zogan




Arms and armor