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Hilt; fuchi-kashira; menuki. Part of mounting for tanto. Hilt: made of wood, skin (ray), braided textile. Menuki: clematis in gold. Fuchi-kashira: clematis in coloured enamels on iron ground.
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This 'tanto' blade is 'hira zukuri', and has 'uchizori'. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The coarse, prominent grain is flowing 'itame' mixed with 'masame'. A whitish hue near the 'mune' forms 'bo utsuri'. The 'hamon' is 'suguha' overall with shallow 'notare' in 'nie' and with 'uchi noke'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' with a deep return. The steel is coarse, with many faults, but it is nevertheless a Muromachi-period blade of character made by one of the several generations of Kaga Province signing 'Katsuie'.
The scabbard has stylized clouds sculpted and filled with 'makie' and gold leaf. The 'fuchi' and 'kashira' have clematis in coloured enamels on an iron ground, and the 'menuki' are clematis in gold. The 'tsuba' is of 'shakudo' with cherry blossoms in coloured enamels, and the 'kozuka' also has clematis in enamels on copper.
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