Tsuba with design of dragon and sword

Japanese
Edo period
18th century
Kogitsune (Japanese), School Kinai School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.6 x 7.3 x 0.5 cm (3 x 2 7/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.11828

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: copper sekigane; shakudo plugs; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, niku-bori

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Echizen no ju Kogitsune kore o tsukuru
越前住小狐作之

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