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Kogai with design of the Hachimangu Shrine

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Kanoe-uma chushu sango ryoshin kore o koku su [Carved on a lucky day, the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the kanoe-uma year (=1870)] 庚午仲秋三五良辰刻之


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, 1870


Overall: 19.2 x 1.2 cm (7 9/16 x 1/2 in.)

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Main material: gold and shibuichi; surface treatment: migaki-ji; decorative technique: katakiri-bori and hirazogan




Arms and armor