Tsuba with design of cherry blossoms and bundles of faggots

Edo period
Late 18th–early 19th century
Hirano Tomomichi (Japanese), School Chôshû School (Japanese)


Overall: 7.5 x 7.5 x 0.4 cm (2 15/16 x 2 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; gilt plug; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, sukidashi-bori, zogan

Not On View




Arms and armor


Hirano Tomomichi Choshu Hisatsugu no zu o utsushite chokoku Enoki Shitagau no kunmei ni ojite [Carved to the order of Enoki Shitagau after a design of Choshu Hisatsugu by Hirano Tomomichi]
寫長州久次圖平埜友道彫刻 應榎木従之君命


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