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Katana (long sword blade) OA+.3791.a, stored in wooden sheath; Made of steel; signed and inscribed. With mounting.
Sheath OA+.3791.b : lacquered in simulation of wood grain. Habaki: silvered; single-piece.
Hilt; fuchi-kashira; menuki OA+.3791.c. Hilt: made of wood, skin (ray), baleen, metal. Menuki: military equipment. Fuchi-kashira: dragons in gold inlay of textile appearance; made of iron.
Tsuba OA+.3791d. Part of mounting for katana. Carved with willow beneath moon. Made of iron. Signed.
- 1866 (second month; blade)
- Made in: BizenOsafune (blade)
- (Asia,Japan,Bizen Province)
- Length: 71 centimetres (cutting edge)
- Curvature: 1.3 centimetres (blade)
- Diameter: 8 centimetres (tsuba)
Inscription Positionblade, tang, obverse
Inscription TransliterationBizen Osafune ju Yokoyama Sukekane tsukuru
Inscription TranslationYokoyama Sukekane, resident of Osafune village, Bizen Province, made this
Inscription Positionblade, tang, reverse
Inscription TransliterationKeio ni nen ni gatsu jitsu
Inscription TranslationA day in the second month in the second year of the Keio era 
Inscription TransliterationNara Masanori
This blade is 'shinogi zukuri', and has a shallow curve with 'fumbari' and a small 'kissaki'. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang tip is 'ha agari kurijiri'. The grain is closely packed 'koitame'. The 'hamon' is 'suguha' with a somewhat tight 'nioiguchi' and with 'konie'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' form, and loses definition slightly on the 'omote'. This blade is accompanied by a silvered single-piece 'habaki'.
The scabbard (not illustrated) is lacquered in simulation of wood grain. The 'fuchi' and 'kashira' are of iron with dragons in gold 'nunome zogan' on iron. The 'menuki' are of military equipment. The 'tsuba' is patinated iron carved with a willow beneath the moon, and signed 'Nara Masanori'.
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Object reference number: JCR22657
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