Tsuba with design of flying cranes, sun and waves

Japanese
Edo period
Late 18th and early 19th century
Ichinomiya Nagatsune (Japanese, 1722–1787), Otsuki Mitsuoki (Japanese, 1766–1834), School Ichinomiya School (Japanese)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.2 x 6.7 x 0.7 cm (2 13/16 x 2 5/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.11681

Medium or Technique

Main material: iron; other metals: gold; gilt sekigane; shibuichi plug (see curatorial remarks); decorative technique: sukashi-bori, takabori, kebori

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Ganshoshi Nagatsune, with a kao
Mitsuoki (on shibuichi plug)
含章子長常(花押)みつ興

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