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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1958,0730.148.a-d

  • Description

    Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.148.a. Made of steel. Signed. Stored in wooden storage sheath, inside purple fabric bag.

    Saya (scabbard) 1958,0730.148.b. Part of mounting for katana. Lacquered black with stone appearance ground; iron metal fittings carved as chrysanthemums. Made of wood.

    Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.148.c. Part of mounting for katana. Hilt: made of wood, ray skin, braided textile, metal. Fuchi-kashira: plain nanako surface; made of copper alloy. Menuki: one remaining; wild boars; made of gilt copper.

    Tsuba (sword guard) 1958,0730.148.d. Part of mounting for katana. Dragon among clouds in high relief with some gold inlay with textile appearance. Made of iron.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1860 (eighth month)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 63.2 centimetres (cutting edge)
    • Curvature: 2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        tang, obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        美作勝山臣義則
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Mimasaka Katsuyama shin Yoshinori
      • Inscription Translation

        Yoshinori, a retainer in Katsuyama, Mimasaka Province
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        tang, reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Man'en gan[nen] saru [doshi] hachi gatsu jitsu
      • Inscription Translation

        A day in the eighth month of the monkey year, the first year of the Man'en era [1860]
  • Curator's comments

    Harris 2005

    The blade is 'shinogi zukuri'. The tang has 'kiri' file marks and one hole. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is closely packed 'itame'. The 'hamon' is 'togariba' style 'gunome' close to 'sambon sugi', with a tight 'nioiguchi'. The crests of the 'gunome' have a hard appearance. The 'boshi' is 'komaru'. The Katsuyama, Mimasaka Province, of the inscription refers to present-day Katsuyama town in Maniwa ward, Okayama Prefecture.

    The scabbard is lacquered black with an 'ishime' effect, and with iron metal fittings carved as chrysanthemums. The 'fuchi' and 'kashira' are of a copper alloy with a plain 'nanako' surface. There is only one remaining 'menuki' of gilt copper depicting wild boars. The 'tsuba' is iron, representing a dragon among clouds in high relief with some gold 'nunome zogan' inlay in the style of the late Jingo school of Higo Province.

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  • Bibliography

    • Harris 2005 82, B&W pl. 82 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1958

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1958,0730.148.a-d

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