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Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.3.a. Made of steel. Signed and dated. Stored in wooden storage sheath.
Saya (sword sheath) 1958,0730.3.b. Chrysanthemum pattern. Made of makie lacquered wood, gilded copper, braid (silk) and silver. Signed.
Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.3.c. Bird on plum tree and pines in landscape. Made of wood, skin (ray), lacquered thread, gilded copper and silver; bound with whale's beard. Signed.
Tsuba (sword guard) 1958,0730.3.d. Shrine and pine trees, and seascape. Made of gold overlaid shibuichi; also with silver. Signed and dated.
- 19thC (late)
- Length: 87 centimetres (c. with hilt)
Inscription Typesignature and date
Inscription Positionmetal fittings
Inscription TransliterationNakagawa Issho
Smith et al 1990
The 'uchigatana'-type mounting was carried thrust through the belt with the cutting edge of the sword uppermost. This mount was made as a presentation piece, with a fine-quality gold 'makie' chrysanthemum pattern over the scabbard. The blade is by Sukesuda of Bizen (see also no. 73) and dated equivalent to AD 1520.
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Object reference number: JCR7321
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