Ansei gonen tsuchinoe-uma sai churo motome ni ojite Natsuo kore o tsukuru Myochin Muneharu kore o kitaeru [Natsuo made this to special commission in the fourth month of the fifth, tsuchinoe-uma, year of Ansei; Myochin Muneharu forged this]; also with signatures of Atsuoki, Hidekuni, Isshin, Kiyotoshi (with kao), Natsuo, and Hogen Yasuchika 安政五年戊午歳仲呂応需夏雄造之 明珍宗治錬之 篤興、秀國、一真、清寿、夏雄、法眼安親
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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1858
Overall: 7.4 x 6.5 x 0.4 cm (2 15/16 x 2 7/16 x 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Main material: iron; other materials: gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan and sukashi-bori