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Tsuba with design of the Kokei sansho, Three Laughers of Tiger Torrent

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Goshu Hikone no ju Mogarashi Nyudo Soten sei [Made by the layman Mogarashi Soten of Hikone in Omi Province] 江州彦根住藻柄子入道宗典製


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: 7.6 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (3 x 3 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and copper; gilt plugs; decorative technique: takabori, sue-mon, zogan




Arms and armor