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Tsuba with design of squirrels and grapes

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Choshu Hagi no ju Kawaji Rokuroemon saku [Made by Kawaji Rokuroemon of Hagi in Nagato Province, the squirrels recarved by Inoue Masataka] Edo ni oite risu o nicho su Inoue Masataka 長州萩住河治六郎右衛門作 於江戸ニ彫栗鼠直 井上政高


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: 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.5 cm (3 9/16 x 3 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold; gilt plugs; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, sukidashi-bori, zogan




Arms and armor