Tsuba with design of a female ghost and animal-headed demons

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century
Shômin Unno (Japanese, 1844–1915), After Maruyama Ôkyo (Japanese, 1733–1795)


Dimensions

Overall: 9.1 x 8.6 x 0.7 cm (3 9/16 x 3 3/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.11937

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Walter Ames Compton, MD Gallery (Gallery 280)

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Okyo no zu o motte Kaitokuan Kogetsu, with a gold kao
以應擧之図魁得庵耕月(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