Tsuba with design of Okame exorcizing demons at the New Year

Japanese
Edo period
Late 18th–early 19th century
Yokoya Somin II (Japanese), School Yokoya School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 6.9 x 6.3 x 0.7 cm (2 11/16 x 2 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.12381

Medium or Technique

Main material: shibuichi; other metals: gold and silver; copper sekigane; decorative technique: takabori, zogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Hanabusa-shi no konomi ni yotte kore o horu Somin, with a kao [Somin carved this to the order of Mr Hanabusa]
依英氏好彫之 宗*(玉+民)

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