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Tsuba with design of deer, ferns and hill

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Keiô ni tora toshi shoshû no hi kore o tsukuru Katô Mitsutsugu [Katô Mitsutsugu made this in early autumn of the second, tiger, year of Keiô (=1866)] 慶應二寅初秋日造之 加藤光次


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, 1866


Overall: 7.8 x 7.2 x 0.7 cm (3 1/16 x 2 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold, shakudo and shibuichi; gilt plug; decorative technique: usuniku-bori, zogan, sue-mon




Arms and armor