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Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.27.a. Made of steel. Signed and inscribed. Stored in wooden storage mount. With mounting.
Sword-sheath 1958,0730.27.b. Part of tachi mounting for katana. Vermilion-lacquered and carved in simulation of tsuishu (alternative layers of coloured lacquer); lightly gilded silver fittings with paulownia carved in katakiri bori (oblique chisel work). Made of wood with braided textile.
Hilt; fuchi-kashira; menuki 1958,0730.27.c. Part of tachi mounting for katana. Hilt: made of wood and skin (ray). Menuki: in form of bats. Fuchi-kashira: lightly gilded silver with paulownia carved in katakiri bori (oblique chisel work).
Tsuba (mokko-shaped) 1958,0730.27.d. Part of tachi mounting for katana. Paulownia carved in katakiri bori (oblique chisel work). Made of lightly gilded silver.
- 1867 (second month)
- Made in: Edo
- Length: 74.7 centimetres (cutting edge)
- Curvature: 1.2 centimetres
Inscription Positiontang, obverse
Inscription TransliterationBizen [no] suke Fujiwara Munetsugu
Inscription Positiontang, reverse
Inscription TransliterationKeio san nen ni gatsu jitsu
Inscription TranslationA day in the second month in the third year of the Keio era 
This blade is 'shinogi zukuri' and has a shallow curve with a medium 'kissaki'. There are round-ended 'bohi' on both sides of the blade. The tang has two holes, one of which is a 'shinobi ana'. The file marks are 'kiri'. The grain is almost indiscernible, closely packed 'koitame'. The 'hamon' is extravagant 'gunome choji' in 'nioi' and has many small 'ashi'. The 'boshi' is 'mi dare komi'.
The 'tachi' mounting is of vermilion-lacquered wood carved in simulation of 'tsuishu' lacquerwork. All metal fittings are of lightly gilded silver with paulownia carved in 'katakiri bori' (oblique chisel work). The 'menuki' are in the form of bats. The whole mounting has been artificially distressed to give an appearance of age, which was presumably done to make it more appealing for export.
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Object reference number: JCR7381
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