Fuchi-kashira with designs of butterflies with cherry blossom and other flowers, and dragonflies with ominaeshi and chrysanthemums

Edo Period
mid-19th century
Araki Tomei (Japanese, 1817–1870), School Ichijô School (Japanese)


Overall: 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.7 cm (1 3/8 x 5/8 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: nanako-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

Not On View




Arms and armor


Ginshotei Tomei, with a kao 吟枩亭東明(花押)


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