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Tsuba in the form of a decaying lotus leaf, and a snail

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Bunka shichi kanoe-uma sai hatsu gogatsu . . . teru-kun no motome ni ojite Jiryusai Tomohide Keiho, with a kao [Jiryusai Tomohide Keiho made this to the order of Mr . . . Teru in the fifth month, summer, of the seventh, kanoe-uma, of Bunka (=1810)] 文化七庚午歳夏五月 應。英君需作之 自立齋 友英桂圃(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, early to mid-19th century


Overall: 6.3 x 5 x 0.7 cm (2 1/2 x 1 15/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Main material: shibuichi; other metals: silver; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, marubori, zogan




Arms and armor