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Tsuba with design of White-Robed Kannon and waterfall

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Hata Renzaburo Minamoto no Hideaki Ganji kinoe-ne chuto shonen junanasai 畑錬三郎源秀鏡 元治元年仲冬 生年十七歳


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, 1864


Overall: 8.4 x 7.9 x 0.6 cm (3 5/16 x 3 1/8 x 1/4 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: gold; silver sekigane; decorative technique: takabori, iroe




Arms and armor