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Sword hilt fitting - dagger sheath (kozuka)

小柄

Japanese
late Edo period
mid-19th century
Inscribed by Takeshiba Toshiteru (Japanese, active Edo period)


Accession Number

11.11291g

Medium or Technique

Copper-gold alloy (shakudô) with autumn grasses and insects in high relief and iroe, finished with nanako and backed with gold sheet

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Swords

Signed

Takeshiba Toshiteru (with stamp of character for flower - kaô)
竹芝寿輝 (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