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Man'en kanoe-saru ooyuki Toshiaki, with a kao [Toshiaki, the kanoe-saru year of Man'en (=1860).] 萬延庚申大雪壽明(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, Edo period, 1860


Overall: 7.2 x 6 x 0.3 cm (2 13/16 x 2 3/8 x 1/8 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold, silver and shibuichi; gilt and copper sekigane; decorative technique: iroe takazogan




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