tanto / menuki / kogatana / knife / blade / saya / tsuka
Tanto (dagger blade) 1958,0730.33. Made of steel.
Saya (short sword scabbard) 1958,0730.33.b. Thickets of gold powder forming cherry blossoms and dragonfly; metal fittings with bird and flower designs in coloured metal inlays on shakudo. Made of black-lacquered and nashiji wood.
Kogatana (knife) 1958,0730.33.c. Birds on branch. Made of metal.
Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.33.d. Part of mounting for tanto. Metal fittings with bird and flower designs in coloured metal inlays on shakudo; made of wood, ray skin, braided textile. Menuki: acorns in gold and shakudo. Signed.
- Made in: Chikuzen
- (Asia,Japan,Chikuzen Province)
- Length: 23.9 centimetres (without tang)
Inscription Commentmetal fittings
This 'tanto' blade is 'hira zukuri'. There is a 'koshihi' on the 'omote' and 'gomabashi' on the 'ura'. The unmodified tang has two holes and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang broadens slightly at the base and the tang tip is 'kengyo'. The grain is 'itame' mixed with 'mokume' and there is 'bo utsuri'. The 'hamon' is 'suguha' with 'konie' and 'hotsure'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' on the 'omote' and 'omaru' with 'haki' on the 'ura'. The characteristic shape of the tip of the tang, 'suguha' and the 'utsuri' indicate the work of one of the smiths of the Kongobei (or Kongohyoe) school of Chikuzen Province, originally established by Kongobei Moritaka during the Kamakura period.
The black-lacquered scabbard has thickets of gold powder forming cherry blossoms. All the metal fittings have bird and flower designs in coloured metal inlays on 'shakudo'. The 'menuki' are of acorns in gold and 'shakudo'. This fine quality Meiji-era decorative work was probably from the school of Goto Ichijo.
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Object reference number: JCR7396
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