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Kozuka with design of Tanabata Festival decorations

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Kaei kinoe-tora shoshun kasshi no hi Natsuo tsutsushimite kore o horu [Respectfully carved by Natsuo on a kasshi day in the kinoe-tora of the Kaei era (=1854)] 嘉永甲寅初春甲子日夏雄謹鈒之


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, 1854

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Overall: 9.7 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm (3 13/16 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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




Arms and armor