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Wakizashi (short sword blade) and koshirae (mountings). Part of matching pair (daisho) with 1952,1028.16.
a) Wakizashi. Made of steel. Signed. Stored in shirasaya (plain wooden scabbard), inside purple fabric bag.
b) Saya (scabbard). Made of wood and kozuka. Lacquered in Wakasa nuri (carved pattern into black lacquer filled with gold leaf, coloured lacquers and other material coated with transparent lacquer.
c) Kogatana (utility knife). Made of metal.
d) Hilt. Made of wood and ray skin. Fuchi-kashira with bird and flower motifs in high-relief coloured metal inlay on shibuich, and gilt copper dragons. Kozuka of copper with inlaid paulownia crest (mon) of shakudo; Signed.
e) Tsuba. Made of patinated iron pierced and roundly carved with battle scenes; details set in gold inlay. Signed.
- Production date
Length: 48.20 centimetres (cutting edge)
Curvature: 1 centimetres (curvature)
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This blade is 'shinogi zukuri' with square-ended 'bohi' and a small 'kissaki'. The shape of the blade is typical of early Muromachi-period small 'wakizashi', with a graceful deep curve and narrowing towards the point. The fine 'jigane' has close-packed 'itame', with the vivid 'bo utsuri' characteristic of early fifteenth-century Bizen blades. The 'hamon' is 'suguha' with many small 'ashi' and small 'gunome', lending vigour to the appearance of the cutting edge, and has a 'komaru boshi'. This is very fine and pretty steel for work of the Bizen school in the Oei era (1394-1428).
The 'wakizashi' mounting (col. pl. 2) forms a 'daisho' with the blade attributed to Yoshioka Ichimonji (no. 1), and differs only in being equipped with a 'kozuka' of copper with inlaid paulownia 'mon' of 'shakudo'.
- On display (G33/dc34a/s1)
- Exhibition history
2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China'
- Acquisition date
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