Kozuka blade

Japanese
Edo period
1816


Dimensions

Overall: 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.23785b

Medium or Technique

Main material: steel

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Inscription

Bunka jusan hinoe-ne toshi rokugatsu hi Ichino-shi Fukuyama-ko yori on . . . no kogatanatsuka; Kozuka blade [made] to the order of Lord Fukuyama, Mr Ichino, a day in the sixth month of the thirteenth year of Bunka, hinoe-ne (=1816)
文化十三丙子年六月日市野氏 福山侯ヨリ拝領之小刀柄

Signed

Unsigned
無銘

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