Tsuba with design of clouds

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century
Imai Nagatake (Japanese, 1818–1882), School Kyoto School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 6.6 x 6 x 0.4 cm (2 5/8 x 2 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.12431

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; decorative technique: usunikubori

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Nagatake, with a kao
永武(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