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Wakizashi (short sword blade) 1958,0730.5.a. Part of daisho (matching pair) with 1958,0730.163. Blade: made of steel; signed. Habaki: metal two-piece; made of copper covered with shakudo.
Wakizashi-sheath. Part of mounting for wakizashi. Pair with 1958,0730.163. Dragons among waves; black lacquered with powdered mother-of-pearl inlay under top transparent layer forming scattered haphazard 'chirakashi (scattered) makie'. Made of wood.
Saya (scabbard) 1958,0730.5.b. Dragons among waves; black lacquered with powdered mother-of-pearl inlay under top transparent layer forming scattered haphazard 'chirakashi (scattered) makie'. Made of wood.
Kozuka (knife) 1958,0730.5.c. Dragons among waves. Made of metal.
Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.5.c. Dragons among waves. Made of wood, ray skin.
Tsuba (sword guard) 1958,0730.5.e. Dragons in high-relief gold inlay. Made of shakudo.
- Made in: Hizen
- (Asia,Japan,Hizen Province)
- Length: 53.4 centimetres (cutting edge)
- Curvature: 1.2 centimetres
Inscription Positiontang, obverse
Inscription TransliterationOmi daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi
This blade is 'shinogi zukuri' and has a medium 'kissaki'. The tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is bright 'koitame' tending to 'nashiji', with even 'jinie'. The 'hamon' is medium-width 'suguha' with much 'konie' and small 'ashi'. The 'boshi' is standard 'komaru'. The accompanying two-piece 'habaki' is made of copper covered with 'shakudo'. This blade is a typical example of a Hizen sword by Tadayoshi IV.
The 'wakizashi' mounting is part of a 'daisho', the 'uchigatana' also by Omi daijo Tadayoshi (no. 56). The scabbards (not illustrated) are black lacquered with powdered shell inlay under the top transparent layer forming scattered haphazard 'chirakashi makie' (literally 'scattered "makie"'). The hilt fittings (col. pl. 18) are of 'shakudo' with dragons in high-relief gold inlay.
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
Object reference number: JCR7329