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Kozuka with design of dried squid

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Chinese couplet: Only when I respond to my true inner self do I have the skill to capture the subtlest detail with a stroke of my hammer 応心将得手 眇在一鎚中


Yoshu Mitsuoki chosen, with seal Mitsuoki [Carved by Mitsuoki of Yamashiro Province] 雍州光興彫鐫 印 光興


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, Early 19th century

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Overall: 9.7 x 1.4 x 0.3 cm (3 13/16 x 9/16 x 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: ishime-ji; other metals: gold, copper and shibuichi; decorative technique: iroe takazogan




Arms and armor