Japanese Swords & Sword Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston by Morihiro Ogawa

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  • Japanese Swords and Sword Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Morihiro Ogawa, Fellow for Research in Japanese arms and armor


Binding Hardcover
Publisher Museum of FIne Arts Boston
Country of Origin Japan
Number of Pages 423
Pubilcation Date 1987
Condition New

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  • Japanese Sword Book
  • by Morihiro Ogawa
  • Massive book
  • Super Collectible
  • Great read

Japanese Swords & Sword Furniture Description

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Japanese Swords and Sword Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Morihiro Ogawa, Fellow for Research in Japanese arms and armor in the Department of Asiatic Art, represents a major effort to make the Museum's celebrated collections of Japanese swords and sword furniture known to a wider public.

It is the result of years of painstaking research, undertaken at the suggestion of the renowned connoisseur Sato Kanzan who first proposed this publication when he inspected the collection in 1975.

The catalogue deals with the finest specimens in the collection, ranging in date from the 5th century sword hilt, reportedly from the tomb of the Emperor Nintoku, to works of the best swordsmiths of the late 19th cen-tury. Most of the masterpieces, selected from the collections to be included in this catalogue, were acquired in Japan about a hundred years ago by Dr. William Sturgis Bigelow. During his years of residence in Japan Dr. Bigelow came to know and befriended several of the leading swordsmiths of his days. In many respects the collection still reflects these early ties between the first great Bostonian collector of swords and the artists, often the last representatives of a long family tradition, who were his contemporaries.

This extensive catalogue brings together a wealth of new technical, historical and biographical information not available in any other non-Japanese source. It is an essential reference work, not only for collectors of Japanese swords and Sword furniture, but for all who have an ink these uniquely Japanese art forms.


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