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  • Description

    Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.134.a. Made of steel. Signed. Stored in wooden storage sheath, inside purple fabric bag. With mounting.

    Saya (scabbard) 1958,0730.134.b. Decorated with blossoms, floral lozenges and long-tailed birds, all in thick gold makie lacquer. Made of black lacquered wood.

    Kozuka (knife) 1958, 0730.134.c. Part of mounting for katana. Decorated with shishi and peonies in gold pinned onto 'shakudo nanako' ground. Made of metal.

    Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.134.d. Hilt: made of wood, skin (ray), metal, braided textile. Menuki: designs of bows and arrows. Fuchi-kashira: made of shibuichi with coloured metal inlaid chrysanthemums.

    Tsuba (sword guard) 1958,0730.134.e. Story of Shutendoji; pierced and carved; demons and yamabushi in mountainous landscape, with details in coloured metal inlay. Made of iron, gold, copper, shakudo overlaid nigurome. Signed.


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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1661-1673
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 60.3 centimetres (cutting edge)
    • Curvature: 1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        tang, obverse
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

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      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Soheishi nyudo Soten shi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made by monk Soheishi Soten
  • Curator's comments

    Harris 2005

    This blade is 'shinogi zukuri' narrowing evenly towards the point, with the shallow curve of a Kambun-era 'shinto', and has a medium 'kissaki'. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'higaki'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is a whitish 'koitame', with 'masame' on the 'shinogi ji'. The 'hamon' is an ordered, pointed 'gunome' with a tight 'nioiguchi' in 'nioi' and 'sunagashi'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' with 'midare komi' and 'haki'.

    Although the sword is not particularly elegant and there are a number of cracks and blisters in the surface steel, it is nevertheless well made and would be an effective weapon. This Kambun-era 'shinto' smith worked in Ogaki in Mino Province.

    The scabbard is luridly decorated with blossoms, 'hanabishi' lozenges and long-tailed birds, all in a thick gold 'makie' lacquer that might have been added at a later period. The 'fuchi' and 'kashira' are made of 'shibuichi' with coloured metal inlaid chrysanthemums, and the 'menuki' have designs of bows and arrows. The 'kozuka' has 'shishi' and peonies in gold pinned onto the 'shakudo nanako' ground. The iron 'tsuba' is pierced and carved with 'shojo', demons and 'yamabushi' in a mountainous landscape, with details in coloured metal inlay, and is signed 'Soheishi nyudo Soten sei' (made by monk Soheishi Soten).


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    • Harris 2005 33, B&W pl. 33 bibliographic details
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