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Long sword


Oei nijuichinen nigatsu hi


Bishu Osafune Morokage 備州長船師景 応永二十一年二月日


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, Muromachi period, 1414

Object Place

Bizen, Okayama, Japan

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Shortened with signature re-inserted in tang




Arms and armor