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Kozuka with design of stag and bamboo staff

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Tenpo kanoto-ushi fuyu ni itaru Shunmei Hogen, with a kao [Shunmei Hogen, at the winter solstice of the kanoto-ushi year of Tenpo [=1841]] 天保辛丑冬至春明法眼(花押) 一ふしに千代をこめなる杖なればつくともつきじ君がよはいは


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, 1841

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Overall: 9.7 x 1.4 x 0.4 cm (3 13/16 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

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




Arms and armor