Tsuba with design of Chinese bellflowers and dragonfly on a ground imitating the surface of wood
Overall: 8.7 x 8.1 x 0.3 cm (3 7/16 x 3 3/16 x 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Main material: iron; other metals: gold and silver; shakudo plugs with gilt rims; copper sekigane; decorative technique: sukidashi-bori, iroe takazogan
Not On View
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection