Tsuba in the form of a herdboy sleeping on his ox

Japanese
Edo period
late 18th century
Inoue Kiyotaka (Japanese, died in 1790), School Chôshû School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 6.7 x 6.6 x 0.5 cm (2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.11545

Medium or Technique

Main material: shakudô; decorative technique: takabori

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Chôshû Hagi no jû Inoue Shôzaemon Kiyotaka saku
長州萩住井上正左衛門清高作

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