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Tsuba with design of a boy seated writing under a pine tree

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Joryuken Horai kore o tsukuru Bunkyu ni kanoto-tori yogetsu@ [Made by Joryuken Horai in the @month of the second, kanoto-tori, year of Bunkyu (1862)] 如竜軒豊來造之 文久二辛酉余月


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, Edo period, 1862


Overall: 8.2 x 7.3 x 0.5 cm (3 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Main material: shibuichi; other metals: gold and shakudo; copper sekigane; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor