Tsuba with design of crane and reeds

Japanese
Meiji era
Late 19th century
Minayama Masaoki (Japanese, early 19th century), School Otsuki School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 8.6 x 7.9 x 0.5 cm (3 3/8 x 3 1/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.12540

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: sue-mon

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Yoshu Minakawa Masaoki, with a kao
雍州皆川應起(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