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Wakizashi-sheath. Part of mounting for wakizashi. Clouds of gold nashiji; with chape of shibuichi in form of lobster. Made of black-lacquered and nashiji wood; metal; textile.
- Production date
- 19thC (mid)
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This 'wakizashi' blade is 'hira zukuri'. The tang has one hole and the file marks are 'higaki'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is somewhat prominent 'itame' with 'jinie'. The 'hamon' is 'suguha' with thick 'nie', with 'notare' towards the base of the blade, and some large 'kuichigai'. The 'boshi' is standard 'komaru'.
This is a typical 'shinshinto' of the Satsuma Namihira school. The smith Yukimune (Hashiguchi Jiroemon) was active during the Bunka era (1804-18). He was the son of the well-known smith Yukichika and the fourth recorded generation of the Hashiguchi family of swordsmiths.
The scabbard is lacquered black with clouds of gold 'nashiji', and has a chape of 'shibuichi' in the form of a lobster. The silver hilt fittings are engraved with a wave motif. The iron 'tsuba' has a skull carved in high relief and is pierced with a crescent moon. Scabbards with a lobster motif were particularly popular in the late seventeenth century; however, this piece dates from the later Edo period.
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