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Dagger (tanto type)

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century
Gassan Sadakatsu (Japanese, dates unknown)


Dimensions

25.7 cm (10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.11263

Medium or Technique

Steel

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Swords

Signed

Minamoto Saidaichi with a stamped seal and carved with the characters Hachiman budaijin (Hachiman, the great god of war)

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