Tsuba with design of Tekkai Sennin breathing out his soul

Japanese
Edo period
mid-19th century (?)
Issando Joi (Japanese, 1701–1761), School Nara School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 7 x 6.8 x 0.4 cm (2 3/4 x 2 11/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.12478

Medium or Technique

Main material: copper; surface treatment: ishime-ji; other metals: gold; gilt plug; decorative technique: shishiai-bori, zogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Joi
乗意

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