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Blade with design of stylized birds

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Inscription

Poem: Iku tabi ka / someshi shigure no / momiji kana; In the autumn wood / the color of the maples / deepens with each rain 幾たびか染し時雨のももちかな

Signed

Goto Hokkyo Ichijo 後藤法橋一乗(花押)

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, mid-19th century

Dimensions

Overall: 9.7 x 1.4 x 0.4 cm (3 13/16 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.23771b

Medium or Technique

Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: slight nekogaki; other metals: gold, copper and shibuichi; decorative technique: iroe hirazogan

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor