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Tsuba with design of tiger in the rain

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Gyonen nanjukyusai Sorin, with a kao; moeki hitsui; Dan Shizui hitui [Sorin, aged seventy-nine, after the style of Danshizui (Tan Zhirui), after the style of moeki (Mao Yi).] 行年七十九才宗隣(花押) 毛益筆意 檀芝瑞筆意


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, About 1851–2


Overall: 7.5 x 7.3 x 0.8 cm (2 15/16 x 2 7/8 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; copper sekigane; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor