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Tenpo go uma chuka gyonen rokujuissai Ishiguro Masayoshi, with a kao [Ishiguro Masayoshi at the age of sixty-one in the fifth, horse, year of Tenpo (=1834)] 天保五午仲夏行年六十一才石黒政美作


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–Meiji era, mid to late 19th century


Overall: 7.3 x 7 x 0.5 cm (2 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

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Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver and copper; decorative technique: sue-mon




Arms and armor