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Tsuba in the form of a pile of fungi

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Bunryu Nyudo Kawa Hosai kore o horu 文龍入道川宝斎鐫之


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-19th century


Overall: 7.1 x 6.3 x 0.6 cm (2 13/16 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

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Main material: copper; decorative technique: takabori




Arms and armor