Tsuba with design of grapes

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid-19th century
Nakagawa Itteki (Japanese, 1835–1885), School Ichijô School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 8.6 x 8.1 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.12220

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Mimasaka Tsuruyama-jo no konjin ni oite kore o tsukuru Nakagawa Itteki, with a kao
美作鶴山城於坤壬作之 中川一的(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