Tsuba with design of geese and moon

Japanese
Meiji era
Late 19th century
OkawaTeikan (Japanese, 1828–1898)


Dimensions

Overall: 8.5 x 7.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.11947

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; decorative technique: takabori, zogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Machida Kenkei no motome ni ojite Natsuo no zu o moshite Teikan Uso teppitsu, with a gold seal [From the iron brush of Teikan Uso, after a design by Natsuo and to the order of Machida Kenkei]
應町田賢契需模夏雄図貞幹迂叟鐵筆(印)

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