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tanto / menuki / fuchi-kashira / blade / saya / tsuka

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1958,0730.30.a-c

  • Description

    Tanto (dagger blade) 1958,0730.30.a. Made of steel. Signed and inscribed.

    Saya (short sword scabbard). Part of mounting for tanto. Lacquered black with designs of water-plants in gold maki-e; silver chape in form of lobster; silver protrusion in form of frog on lotus leaf. Made of wood; also metal.

    Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.30.c; fuchi-kashira; menuki. Part of mounting for tanto. Hilt: bound with whale's beard; made of wood, skin (ray), metal. Kashira: in form of lobster; made of silver. Fuchi: carp in high-relief shakudo inlay; made of silver. Menuki: carp.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1865 (eighth month)
    • 1868-1912 (Saya)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 25.2 centimetres (without tang)
    • Curvature: 0.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        tang, obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        幕府士久幸作
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Bakufu shi Hisayuki tsukuru
      • Inscription Translation

        Hisayuki, in the service of the Bakufu, made this
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        tang, reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Keio gan [nen] ushi doshi hachi gatsu jitsu
      • Inscription Translation

        A day in the eighth month of the ox year, the first year of the Keio era [1865]
  • Curator's comments

    Harris 2005

    This is a 'hira zukuri' blade. The tang has three holes and the file marks are 'kesho' with 'sujigai'. The tang tip is 'ha agari kurijiri'. The grain is 'itame', forming a tight 'masame' towards the cutting edge. The 'hamon' is 'suguha' in small 'nie' with some slight 'hotsure'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' with a pointed return.

    The smith Fujiwara Hisayuki (or Kawai Hisayuki) was a pupil of Hosokawa Masayoshi together with Minamoto Yoshimune (no. 75). He was active over a long period, as evidenced by dated swords as far apart as the Bunsei era (1818-30) and the second year of the Meiji era (1869).

    The scabbard is lacquered black with designs of water-plants in gold 'makie'. The 'kashira' and the chape of the scabbard are silver in the form of lobsters. The silver 'fuchi' depicts a carp in high-relief 'shakudo' inlay, and the 'menuki' are also carp. The 'kurikara' [sic. 'kurikata'] is in the form of a frog on a lotus leaf in the same metals. The hilt is bound with 'whale's beard'. This mounting dates from the Meiji era.

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  • Bibliography

    • Harris 2005 76, B&W pl. 76 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1958

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1958,0730.30.a-c

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