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Tsuba in the form of a peony blossom

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This was first made after a painting by Hogen Doshun of Edo but later altered according to the wishes of another client


Rakuyo Shijo bokyo Tanzendo Tessai Fujiwara no Yoshikatsu Bunka hinoe-ne kishu kore o tsukuru [Made by Tanzendo Tessai Fujiwara no Yoshikatsu, living near Shijo street in Kyoto, in autumn of the hinoe-ne year of Bunka (=1816)] 洛陽四條傍居坦然堂鐵齋藤原善勝文化丙子季秋造焉 江府住法眼洞春所筆前造又或人任好後年再正上


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, 1816


Overall: 6.3 x 6.1 x 0.5 cm (2 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

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Main material: iron; other metals: copper sekigane; decorative technique: takabori, zogan




Arms and armor