Tsuba with design of dragon
mid-17th century (?)
Overall: 8.6 x 8.4 x 0.8 cm (3 3/8 x 3 5/16 x 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Main material: iron; other metals: crystal eye; gilt plugs; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, nikubori
Not On View
Yamashiro no kuni Heianjo no ju Suzuki Seibei . . .
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)
 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