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Tsuba with design of insects

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Shichidai no mago Hirata Narisuke, with a kao [Hirata Narisuke, descendant in the seventh generation] 七代孫平田就亮(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, late 18th–early 19th century


Overall: 7.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 cm (2 13/16 x 2 1/2 x 3/16 in.)

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Main material: shakudô; surface treatment: ishime-ji; other metals: enamels and gold; decorative technique: shippô




Arms and armor