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Tsuba with design of Okame exorcizing demons at the New Year

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Hanabusa-shi no konomi ni yotte kore o horu Somin, with a kao [Somin carved this to the order of Mr Hanabusa] 依英氏好彫之 宗*(玉+民)


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: 6.9 x 6.3 x 0.7 cm (2 11/16 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

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Main material: shibuichi; other metals: gold and silver; copper sekigane; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor