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Kozuka with design of temple bell and Benkei doll

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Inscription

Kinoe Bunkyu gannen shogatsu hi Ton; On a day in the first month of the first year of Bunkyu, kinoe (=1864) 甲文久元年正月日 東雲

Signed

Seisen Takamitsu Ton 静仙貴光

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1864

Dimensions

Overall: 9.8 x 1.5 x 0.4 cm (3 7/8 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.23860a

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor