Tsuba with design of figures caught in a thunderstorm

Japanese
Edo period
1770
Tetsugendo Naoshige (Japanese, died in 1780), School Tetsugendo School (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

94

Dimensions

Overall: 7.4 x 7.1 x 0.6 cm (2 15/16 x 2 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.12288

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; copper sekigane; gilt plugs; decorative technique: takabori, iroe

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Meiwa hachi kanoto-u nigatsu Naoshige, with seal Toshiyuki [Naoshige, the second month of the eighth, kanoto-u, of Meiwa (=1771)]
明和八辛卯二月尚茂 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