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Tsuba in the form of Hotei and his sack

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To-u Yasuchika no zu Myochin kore o horu, with a seal; Tenpo jugo tatsu toshi moshu kisshin, with a kao 東雨安親圖明珍彫之 印 天保十五辰年孟秋吉辰(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, 1844


Overall: 8.3 x 8.1 x 0.5 cm (3 1/4 x 3 3/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; shakudo plugs; decorative technique: sukidashi-bori




Arms and armor