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Tsuba with design of the witch of Adachigahara with a dagger and a tiny baby

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Keio san hinoto-u toshi chukan Kogetsusai Shomin Ushi, with a seal Kyokuto 慶應三丁卯歳蟲間 耕月斎勝珉迂史 印 旭濤


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, 1867


Overall: 8.8 x 8.3 x 0.6 cm (3 7/16 x 3 1/4 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: copper; surface treatment: ishime-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and shibuichi; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor