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Tsuba with design of an oni carrying off a temple bell

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Kaei tsuchinoto-tori nanro Shunmei Hogen, with a kao [Shunmei Hogen, in the tsuchinoto-tori year of Kaei (=1849)] 嘉永己酉南呂春明法眼(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, Meiji era, Late 19th century


Overall: 8.5 x 7.3 x 0.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 7/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: copper; surface treatment: ishime-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and shibuichi; decorative technique: iroe takazogan




Arms and armor