Tsuba with design of Nio head
early to mid-19th century
Overall: 7.7 x 7.4 x 0.5 cm (3 1/16 x 2 15/16 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Main material: iron; other metals: gold; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, takabori, zogan
Not On View
 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