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Tsuba with design of Tadamori capturing the oil thief

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Kaei san kanoe-inu toshi shoshun Morichika, with a gold seal [Morichika, early summer of the third, kanoe-inu, year of Kaei (=1850).] 嘉永三庚戌歳初夏守親 印 蓬燈雨如糸夢回徳雪慙


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, 1850


Overall: 10.1 x 9.5 x 0.8 cm (4 x 3 3/4 x 5/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and shibuichi; decorative technique: iroe takazogan




Arms and armor