Tsuba with design of reishi fungus and irises

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century (before 1889)
Kano Natsuo (Japanese, 1828–1898)


Object Place: Otsuki school

Dimensions

7.4 x 6.8 x 0.4 cm

Accession Number

11.12168

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: silver shibuichi (?); decorative technique: takabori, zogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Natsuo, with a kao
夏雄(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