wakizashi / tsuba / blade / saya / tsuka
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Wakizashi (short sword blade) OA+.3807.a. Made of steel. Signed.
Saya (scabbard) OA+.3807.b. Part of mounting for wakizashi. Roundels of dragons in gold makie; metal fittings made of shibuichi carved and lightly gilded with clouds and dragons. Made of lacquered wood with textile. Signed.
Tsuka (hilt) OA+.3807.c. Hilt. Metal fittings carved and lightly gilded with clouds and dragons on shibuichi. Made of gilded wood, ray skin, copper, textile. Signed.
Tsuba (sword guard) OA+.3807.d. Clouds carved and lightly gilded on shibuichi. Made of gilded iron. Signed.
- 18thC-19thC (fittings)
- Made in: MinoSeki
- (Asia,Japan,Mino Province)
- Length: 32.4 centimetres (without tang)
- Curvature: 0.3 centimetres
- Length: 15 centimetres (tsuka)
Inscription Positiontang, obverse
Inscription TransliterationNoshu Seki ju Kaneuji
Inscription TranslationKaneuji, resident of Seki, Mino Province
Inscription Positionmetal fittings
This blade is 'hira zukuri' and is very slightly curved. The tang has two holes and the file marks are 'osujigai'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is an unruly, flowing 'itame' mixed with 'masame' and with some 'shirake', the faint white form of 'utsuri' found on many Seki-school swords, along the 'mune'. The 'hamon' is an ordered 'gunome' with 'togariba', and the 'boshi' has a pointed return.
The lacquered scabbard has roundels of dragons in gold 'makie'. The metal fittings are all of 'shibuichi' carved and lightly gilded with clouds and dragons, and are all signed 'Narinobu'. The metalworker is probably Umetada Narinobu, who worked in Edo in the late Edo period and specialized in the technique of rubbing gold onto other metals.
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Object reference number: JCR4679
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