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Tsuba with design of carp leaping up a waterfall

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Ryûtôun kanyû [the dragon rises into the clouds and boldly frolics] 飛騰雲漢遊


Keiô u kahei Bokusui no atari Teikan, with a kaô [made by Teikan on the banks of the Sumida River in the twelfth month of the hare year of Keiô] 慶應卯嘉平於東武墨水邊貞幹(花押)


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, Meiji era, 1867


Overall: 7.9 x 7.3 x 0.4 cm

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold and shakudô; decorative technique: chiseling, engraving, and inlay




Arms and armor