Tsuba with design of fan-shapes and plaques after designs by other artists

Japanese
Edo period
1858
Kano Natsuo (Japanese, 1828–1898), Myochin Muneharu (Japanese), School Natsuo School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.4 x 6.5 x 0.4 cm (2 15/16 x 2 7/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.12171

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other materials: gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan and sukashi-bori

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Ansei gonen tsuchinoe-uma sai churo motome ni ojite Natsuo kore o tsukuru
Myochin Muneharu kore o kitaeru [Natsuo made this to special commission in the fourth month of the fifth, tsuchinoe-uma, year of Ansei; Myochin Muneharu forged this]; also with signatures of Atsuoki, Hidekuni, Isshin, Kiyotoshi (with kao), Natsuo, and Hogen Yasuchika
安政五年戊午歳仲呂応需夏雄造之 明珍宗治錬之

篤興、秀國、一真、清寿、夏雄、法眼安親

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