Tsuba with design of cranes, tree and stream

Late 18th–early 19th century

Nagahisa, Japanese Japanese School Chôshû School, Japanese Japanese


Overall: 8 x 7.6 x 0.6 cm (3 1/8 x 3 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold and silver; shakudo plug; decorative technique: sukidashi-bori, sukashi-bori, iroe

Not On View




Arms and armor


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection