Kozuka with design of Chôhi and Gentoku (Zhang Fei and Xuande) from the Sangokushi (Sanguozhi)

Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century
Oyama Motozane I (Japanese, 1741–1830), School Mito School (Japanese, 18th through 20th century)


Overall: 9.8 x 1.4 x 0.4 cm (3 7/8 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: shibuichi; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold and copper; decorative technique: shishiai-bori

Not On View




Arms and armor


Bunsei go mizunoe-ne chushun Sekijoken Togu Motozane gyonen hachijunisai [Agakiken Togu Motozane in mid-spring of the fifth, mizunoe-ne, year of Bunsei (=1822) at the age of 82]
文政五壬子仲春 赤城軒 東愚 元孚 行年八十二才


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)

[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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection