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Box and cover with dragon, phoenix ands paulownia designs


明珍大隈守紀宗介練 山城國西陣住埋忠七左衛門橘重吉鐫


Myochin Osumi no kami Ki no Munesuke neru [Forged by Myochin Ki no Munesuke, Guardian of Osumi Province; Chiseled by Umetada Shichizaemon Shigeyoshi of Nishijin in Yamashiro Province] Yamashiro no kuni Nishijin no ju Umetada Shichizaemon Tachibana no Shigeyoshi sen


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, Late 18th–early 19th century

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold, shakudo and copper; decorative technique: uchidashi, nunome-zogan