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Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.163.a. Part of daisho (matching pair) with 1958,0730.5. Made of steel. Signed.
Saya (scabbard) 1958,0730.163.b. Part of mounting for katana. Pair with 1958,0730.5. Sheath: dragons among waves; black lacquered with powdered mother-of-pearl inlay under top transparent layer forming scattered haphazard 'chirakashi (scattered) makie'; made of wood. Kogai: dragons among waves; made of metal.
Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.163.c. Part of mounting for katana. Pair with 1958,0730.5. Dragons among waves. Made of wood, ray skin.
Tsuba (sword guard) 1958,0730.163.d. Part of mounting for katana. Pair with 1958,0730.5. Dragons in high-relief gold inlay. Made of shakudo.
- Made in: Hizen
- (Asia,Japan,Hizen Province)
- Length: 75.9 centimetres (cutting edge)
- Curvature: 2.3 centimetres
Inscription Positiontang, obverse
Inscription TransliterationHizen kuni Omi daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi
Inscription TranslationOmi daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi of Hizen Province
This blade is 'shinogi zukuri' and has a medium 'kissaki'. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is closely packed 'koitame' with 'jinie', and tending to 'nashiji'. The 'hamon' is a broad 'suguha' with much 'konie' and includes small 'ashi' and 'yo'. The 'boshi' is standard 'komaru'. This blade shows a particularly clear example of the characteristic Hizen-school 'suguha'.
The 'uchigatana' mounting (not illustrated) forms a 'daisho' with no. 55 and is identical except that it is larger and has a 'kogai', whereas the 'wakizashi' has a 'kozuka', both with dragons among waves.
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Object reference number: JCR7810
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