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Tsuba with design of a tanuki drumming on its belly beneath the moon

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Signed

Yoshitsugu sei 良次製

Provenance

1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

Credit Line

Charles Goddard Weld Collection

Japanese, Edo period, mid-19th century

Dimensions

Overall: 7 x 6.4 x 0.6 cm (2 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.5425

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold, shakudo and shibuichi; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor