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Tsuba with design of egrets and lotus pond

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Joki no zu o motte Kishotei Mitsuhiro, with a kao [Kishotei Mitsuhiro, after a painting by Xu Xi] 以徐煕図彫鐫 其昇亭光弘(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, Edo period, early to mid-19th century


Overall: 7.9 x 7.2 x 0.3 cm (3 1/8 x 2 13/16 x 1/8 in.)

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Main material: brass; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver and shibuichi; decorative technique: iroe takazogan




Arms and armor