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Kagami netsuke with design of long-tailed bird and grass

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Nanajuni-o Tenmin, with a kao 七十二翁天民(花押)


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–Meiji era, 1870–71


Overall: 4 x 1.3 cm (1 9/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Main material: gold; other metals: rhinoceros-horn cup (?); decorative technique: katakiri-bori, sue-mon




Arms and armor