Length: 97.200 cm
Bequeathed by R. W. Lloyd
Asia JA 1958.7-30.149.a-d
Sword mounting in itamaki tachi style
Edo period, 18th century AD
There were two ways of carrying Japanese swords: tachi-type swords were worn suspended by cords with armour and uchigatana-type swords were worn thrust through the belt. They both had scabbards of lacquered magnolia wood. Hilts were covered with the hardened skin of the rayfish and bound, usually with silk braid, to give a good grip. Itomaki means 'bound with cords'.
This is an
sword-mounting from the Edo period (1600-1868). At this time the
country was at peace, but
The blade is signed by Sukesada, a sixteenth-century swordsmith from Bizen Province.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)
, Hakubutsukan shozō Nihon-Ch (Tokyo National Museum, 1987)