Tsuba with design of dragons

Japanese
Edo period
mid-19th century
Hitotsuyanagi Tomonaga (Japanese, 1831–1889), Hitotsuyanagi Tomoyoshi VII (Japanese, 1846–1922), School Mito School (Japanese, 18th through 20th century)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.2 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm (2 13/16 x 2 11/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.11888

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold and silver; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, maru-bori, hirazogan, zogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Joshu Mito no ju Hitotsuyanagi Tomonaga, with a kao [Hitotsuyanagi Tomotoshi of Mito in Hitachi Province, jointly made with Tomoyoshi]
Ryosaku Hitotsuyanagi Tomoyoshi, with a kao
常州水戸住一柳友寿(花押) 両作一柳友善(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