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tanto / short sword-sheath / menuki / kozuka / hilt / fuchi-kashira / blade

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  • Description

    Sword blade (tanto); with mounting (short sword-sheath; kozuka; hilt; menuki; fuchi-kashira). Blade: made of steel; signed. Sheath: made of black lacquered wood. Hilt: with gold mekugi; made of wood and skin (ray). Kozuka: crane in high-relief coloured metal inlay on silver ground; inscribed. Menuki: in shape of corn?; made of gilded metal. Fuchi-kashira: made of black lacquered metal. Soshu school blade and Goto school metal fittings.


  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC (early; blade)
    • 19thC (late; metal fittings)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        blade, tang, obverse
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        朱頂自金千歳寿 [sic.]
  • Curator's comments

    Harris 2005

    'Hira zukuri' tanto blade with the slight 'uchizori' curve of the late Kamakura period. The blade has 'itame' with 'mokume' grain with 'jifu utsuri' and much 'chikei'. The 'suguha hamon' is of fine 'nie' with 'kinsuji'. The maker, Shintogo Kunimitsu, is feted as the founder of the Soshu tradition at Kamakura in the late Kamakura period.


  • Bibliography

    • Harris 2005 fig. 11, col. pl. 11, 12 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


    2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Bought at Christie's (lot 226) by Eskanazi Ltd at the BM's request. Former collection of Walter A Compton.

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