Tsuba with design of plum, bamboo, setting sun and birds

Japanese
Edo period
1865
School Tanaka School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 5.4 x 4.7 x 0.4 cm (2 1/8 x 1 7/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.12341

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and copper; decorative technique: usuniku-bori, zogan, hirazogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Keio kaireki @tsuki no hi Juzan, with a kao
慶應改暦@月日壽山(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