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Tsuba in the form of an octopus

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Shozui no zu o motte Michiyoshi horu 以政随之図道義鐫


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, mid-19th century


Overall: 7.5 x 6.7 x 0.9 cm (2 15/16 x 2 5/8 x 3/8 in.)

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Main material: copper; other metals: gold and shakudo; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor