Tsuba with design of herdboy playing a flute
Overall: 7.1 x 6.7 x 0.6 cm (2 13/16 x 2 5/8 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Main material: iron; other metals: gold, silver and shakudo; decorative technique: iroe takazogan
Not On View
Tenpo kinoe-tatsu yochu Shunmei Hogen, with a kao [Shunmei Hogen in the second month of the kinoe-tatsu year of Tenpo (=1844)]
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection