Tsuba with design of three heroes of the Sangokushi (Sanguozhi) on their way to Gentoku's (Xuande's) house

Japanese
Edo period
mid-19th century
Kitagawa Sôten (Japanese), School Sôten School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.5 x 7 x 0.5 cm (2 15/16 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.12475

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold and copper; copper sekigane; shakudo plugs; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, marubori, zogan

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Goshû Hikone no ju Mogarashi Nyûdô Sôten sei
江州彦根住藻柄子入道宗典製

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