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Tsuba with design of silk-winder, torii and pines

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Kansei mizunoe-ne haru Yoshitsudo Kikugawa Nanpo, with seal Hisahide [Yoshitsudo Kikugawa Nanpo, in spring of the mizunoe-ne year of Kansei (=1792)] 寛政壬子春容膝堂菊川南甫 印 久英


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, 1792


Overall: 7.8 x 7.4 x 0.6 cm (3 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver and copper; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor