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Wakizashi-sheath. Part of mounting for wakizashi. Protrusion in form of turtle on side; chape carved with wave pattern. Lacquered with gold nashiji over applied dark-lacquered ribbing. Made of wood and metal.
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- Harris 2005
This blade is 'katakiriha zukuri'. There is a broad 'bohi' on the 'ura' of the blade. The unmodified tang has two holes and the file marks are 'katte sagari'. The tang tip is 'riyamagata'. The blade narrows above the 'monouchi', giving a rather pointed effect. The grain is small 'itame' mixed with small 'mokume', with 'jinie'. The 'hamon' on the 'omote' is overall 'suguha' with shallow 'notare' in 'nie' and with many small 'ashi'. On the 'ura', in particular, there are 'gunome ashi'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' with a slightly pointed return.
The scabbard is richly lacquered with gold 'nashiji' over which dark-lacquered ribbing has been applied. The 'fuchi' and 'kashira' are of plovers inlaid in high-relief coloured metal inlay, and there is a gold inlaid inscription 'Yasuchika' on the 'fuchi', which alludes spuriously to the eighteenth-century metalworker Nara Yasuchika. The 'menuki' are in the form of immortals riding respectively on a crane and a turtle, in gold and 'shakudo'. The 'kozuka' is of copper, sculpted with a dragon. The 'kurikata' is in the form of a turtle, and the chape of the scabbard is carved with a wave pattern. The 'tsuba' is of 'shibuichi' and has a stylized chrysanthemum profile, with paulownia, water plants and scrolling grasses in brass level inlay.
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