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Tsuba with design of shishi and peonies

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Tenpo yonen hachigatsu hi Ito Masatsune kore o horu [Carved by Ito Masatsune on a day in the eighth month of the fourth year of Tenpo (=1833)]; Forged by Masuda Myochin Ki no Munetane Masuda Myochin Ki no Munetane kore o tanren su 天保四年八月日伊藤正常彫之 増田明珍紀宗胤鍛錬之


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, 1833


Overall: 7.8 x 7.5 x 0.8 cm (3 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; gilt plug; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, sukidashi-bori, zogan




Arms and armor