- Museum number
Katana (long sword blade) 1878,1230.838.a; sword-sheath; habaki. Blade: made of steel; signed. Stored in wooden storage sheath. Sheath: gold ikakeji lacquer with phoenixes in gold takamakie; silver metal fittings with engraved scrolling foliage; made of lacquered wood, also leather. Habaki: silver-clad; single-piece habaki.
Hilt; menuki. 1878,1230.838.b Part of mounting for katana. Hilt: silver metal fittings with engraved scrolling foliage; made of wood with copper, gold, leather. Menuki: stylized tweezers with family crest (mon).
Tsuba (mokko-shaped) 1878,1230.838.c. Part of mounting for katana. Scrolling foliage engraved. Made of silver.
- Production date
- 1688-1704 (blade)
Length: 65 centimetres (cutting edge)
Length: 71.25 centimetres (scabbard)
Curvature: 1.20 centimetres (blade)
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This blade is 'shinogi zukuri' of shallow curve, and has a small 'kissaki'. The tang has three holes and the file marks are 'katte sagari'. The tang tip is 'kiri'. The grain is 'itame' with 'jinie', becoming 'masame' on the 'shinogi ji'. The 'hamon' is 'suguha' with a slight shallow 'notare' in 'nie' with a deep 'nioiguchi'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' with a deep and long return. The blade is accompanied by a silver-clad, single-piece 'habaki'.
This sword is by Ippo II, descended from Ippo I of the Ishido school of Omi Province, from which branches of the school spread to Kii, Chikuzen, Edo and elsewhere. The maker of this sword, Zenjiro Ippo, worked at Akasaka in Edo during the Genroku era (1688-1704).
The scabbard of this fine quality 'efu-dachi' mounting is of gold 'ikakeji' lacquer with phoenixes in gold 'takamakie'. The metal fittings are silver with engraved scrolling foliage. The 'menuki' are in the form of stylized tweezers with family 'mon'.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
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