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Tsuba with design of water-buffalo and pine tree

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Signed

Sekijoken Nyudo Motozane gyonen hachijugo kore o horu Bunsei hachinen kinoto-tori chuto [Carved by the layman Sekijoken Motozane in midwinter of the eighth, kinoto-tori, year of Bunsei [=1825) at the age of eighty-five] 赤城軒入道元孚行年八十五彫之文政八年乙酉仲冬

Provenance

1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

Credit Line

Charles Goddard Weld Collection

Japanese, Edo period, mid-19th century (?)

Dimensions

Overall: 8.1 x 7.7 x 0.4 cm (3 3/16 x 3 1/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.5408

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; shakudo plugs; decorative technique: takabori, zogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor