Tsuba with design of burrowing ants and worms
Overall: 5.1 x 3.5 x 0.5 cm (2 x 1 3/8 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Main material: gilt metal; surface treatment: nekogaki; other metals: shakudo and copper; decorative technique: iroe
Not On View
Aru hito no motome ni ojite Nara Yasuchika sei [Nara Yasuchika made this to someone's order]
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection