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Sword of the katana type with mounting

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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, Momoyama and Edo periods, early 16th century and late 19th century

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Length: 114 cm (44 7/8 in.)

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Steel with hilt in white ray skin, wrapped with white thread (tsumami-maki); hilt ornaments (menuki), fittings (fuchi, kashira, kozuka, kogai, tsuba) in copper-gold alloy (shakudô) repousse and punched, with applied gold sheet; sheath in gold aventurine lacquer with "sprinkled" (makie) designs




Arms and armor