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Sword (tachi type)

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Ichi Bishû Osafune no jû Sukeshige saku Kôe ni nien jôichi gatsu jûni nichi 一備州長船住助重作 康永弐年十一月十二日


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Nanbokuchô period, 1343


Length: 79.5 cm (31 5/16 in.) Other (curvature): 2 cm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempered steel




Arms and armor