Tsuba with 'Thousand Monkeys' design

Japanese
Edo period
18th century
School Yagami School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.4 x 7 cm (2 15/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.11536

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; decorative technique: nikubori, sukashi-bori

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Hishu Yagami no ju Mitsuhiro [Yagami of Yagami in Hizen Province.]
肥州矢上住光廣

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