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Kozuka with design of pigeons

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Reigi ni oite hitotsu ni sureba sunawaachi futatsu o eru [if you treat two parties with equal courtesy you will receive benefits from them both] 一之於礼義即兩得之矣


Kogai: kanoe-uma sango ryoshin kizamu Natsuo [Natsuo carved this on a lucky day, the fifteenth of the eighth month of the kanoe-uma year]; Natsuo, with a kao 夏雄(花押) 庚午仲秋三五良辰刻夏雄


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


Kozuka: 9.7 x 1.4 cm (3 3/4 x 9/16 in.) Kogai: 19.3 x 1.2 cm

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Medium or Technique

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




Arms and armor