Tsuba in the form of an okame and an oni mask

Japanese
Meiji era
Late 19th century
Kitagawa Motoyoshi (Japanese, 1846–1922), School Mito School (Japanese, 18th through 20th century)


Dimensions

Overall: 8.2 x 9.4 x 2.1 cm (3 1/4 x 3 11/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.11951

Medium or Technique

Main material: sentoku; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and copper; copper false sekigane; decorative technique: takabori, zogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Senshinken, with a seal Kitagawa
洗心軒 印 北川

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