Nobuyoshi, with a kao
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 6, 2004) NOTES:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Meiji era, Late 19th century
- Hata Nobuyoshi, Japanese, 1807–1878
Overall: 5.6 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm (2 3/16 x 2 x 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
The outer section of iron, the owl and part of the willow cut in openwork, the moon represented by a large circular opening on each side, some details in gold, the inner section of silver