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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1958,0730.163.a-d

  • Description

    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.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 75.9 centimetres (cutting edge)
    • Curvature: 2.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        tang, obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        肥前國近江大掾藤原忠吉
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hizen kuni Omi daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi
      • Inscription Translation

        Omi daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi of Hizen Province
  • Curator's comments

    Harris 2005

    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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  • Bibliography

    • Edo BM 1982 140 bibliographic details
    • Harris 2005 56, B&W pl. 56 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1958

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1958,0730.163.a-d

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.

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