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Wakizashi (short sword blade) OA+.3794.a ; made of steel; signed and inscribed.
Saya (scabbard) OA+.3794.b : stone appearance surface formed with layers of vermilion and black lacquer, incised with lines; made of wood with metal and braided textile.
Kozuka (small utility knife) OA+.3794.c. Part of mounting for wakizashi. Fishermen in boat in coloured metal inlay. Made of shibuichi. Signed.
Tsuka (hilt); fuchi-kashira; menuki.OA+. 3794.d. Part of mounting for wakizashi. Hilt: made of wood, skin (ray), braided textile. Fuchi-kashira: shibuichi chape with inlaid depictions of Shoki, Demon Queller, and demons in high-relief coloured metal inlay; made of shibuichi; signed. Menuki: skulls; made of silver, shakudo and gold.
Tsuba.(sword-guard) OA+.3794.e. Part of mounting for wakizashi. Shoki, Demon Queller, and demons in high-relief inlay. Made of gold, copper, shibuichi, iron.
- 1865 (eighth month)
- Made in: Edo
- Made in: Japan (kozuka, tsuka, fuchi-kashira, menuki)
- Length: 36.7 centimetres (blade without tang)
- Curvature: 0.6 centimetres (blade)
- Length: 14 centimetres (Tsuka length)
Inscription Positiontang, reverse
Inscription TransliterationKeio gan nen hachi gatsu jitsu
Inscription TranslationA day in the eighth month in the first year of the Keio era 
Inscription Positiontang, obverse
Inscription TransliterationBizen [no] suke Munetsugu
This 'wakizashi' blade is 'shinogi zukuri' and has a medium 'kissaki'. There are 'bohi' on both sides that taper off on the tang. The unmodified tang has two holes and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang tip is 'iriyamagata'. The grain is closely packed, almost indiscernible 'koitame'. The 'hamon' is 'gunome' with 'ashi' in 'nioi' and a tight 'nioiguchi'. This is standard work of Munetsugu, although the tang is somewhat crudely finished.
The scabbard has an 'ishime' surface formed with layers of vermilion and black lacquer, finely incised with lines to give the effect of a light shower of rain. The 'fuchi', 'kashira' and chape are of 'shibuichi' with inlaid depictions of Shoki, the Demon Queller, and demons in high-relief coloured metal inlay. The 'fuchi' is signed 'Nambotei Katsumasa'. The 'menuki' are of skulls, in silver, 'shakudo' and gold; the 'kozuka' is decorated with fishermen in a boat in coloured metal inlay on 'shibuichi'; the 'tsuba' is of iron with Shoki portrayed in high-relief inlay.
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Object reference number: JCR4648
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