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Kozuka blade engraved with a poem

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Ichijudo Akimichi [Made and composed by Arikoto of the Senior Third Rank] Sho Sanmi Arikoto tsukuru narabi ni yomu 一寿堂明道 正三位有功造並詠


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: 22.1 cm (8 11/16 in.)

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Main material: steel




Arms and armor