Tsuba with design of the Chinese painters Cho Soyo (Zhang Sengyu) or Wu Daozi (Go Doshi) confronted by a dragon which has come to life from one of his pictures

Edo period
Late 18th–early 19th century
Hamano Noriyuki II (Japanese, 1771–1852), School Hamano School (Japanese)


Overall: 7.2 x 6.8 x 0.9 cm (2 13/16 x 2 11/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Main material: shibuichi; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and shibuichi; copper sekigane; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

Not On View




Arms and armor


Fuyotei Noriyuki, with a seal
芙蓉亭矩随 印


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