Tsuba with design of burrowing ants and worms

Japanese
Edo period
early to mid-19th century (?)
Tsuchiya Yasuchika (Japanese, 1670–1744), School Nara School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 5.1 x 3.5 x 0.5 cm (2 x 1 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.24064a

Medium or Technique

Main material: gilt metal; surface treatment: nekogaki; other metals: shakudo and copper; decorative technique: iroe

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Aru hito no motome ni ojite Nara Yasuchika sei [Nara Yasuchika made this to someone's order]
應或人需奈良安親製

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