Tsuba with design of sparrow and grasses

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
mid to late 19th century
Ishiguro Masayoshi (Japanese, 1775–1862)


Dimensions

Overall: 7.3 x 7 x 0.5 cm (2 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.11713

Medium or Technique

Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver and copper; decorative technique: sue-mon

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor

Signed

Tenpo go uma chuka gyonen rokujuissai Ishiguro Masayoshi, with a kao [Ishiguro Masayoshi at the age of sixty-one in the fifth, horse, year of Tenpo (=1834)]
天保五午仲夏行年六十一才石黒政美作

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