Tsuba with design of dragon and clouds

Japanese
Edo period
Late 18th century
Tetsugendo Naoshige (Japanese, died in 1780), School Tetsugendo School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 6.8 x 6.4 x 0.5 cm (2 11/16 x 2 1/2 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.12290

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gilt seal; copper sekigane; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, marubori

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Sealed Toshiyuki
印 敏行

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