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Sword-sheath; hilt; menuki; fuchi-kashira; tsuba. Mounting for tachi. Sheath: gold nashiji lacquer with cherry blossom crest (mon) in applied gold; shakudo nanako ground fittings with gold cherry blossom mon; upper part braided with textile; made of wood. Hilt: made of wood with braided textile. Fuchi-kashira; menuki; tsuba: shakudo nanako ground fittings with gold cherry blossom mon.
- Production date
- 1861 (c.)
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This 'tachi' blade is 'shinogi zukuri' and has a medium 'kissaki'. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kesho' with 'osujigai'. The tang tip is 'ha agari kurijiri'. The grain is a bright, closely packed 'koitame' with 'jinie'. The 'hamon' is an ordered regular 'gunome' in 'nie' with substantial 'ashi'. The 'boshi' is 'Jizo' type. The curve of the blade continues in an unbroken line through the length of the tang.
The smith Unju Korekazu was a pupil of Chounsai Tsunatoshi (nos 65, 66) and styled himself the seventh-generation master of the Ishido school. He was retained by the shogunate in Edo.
The 'itomaki-no-tachi' mounting has a scabbard of gold 'nashiji' lacquer with cherry blossom 'mon' in applied gold. All the fittings are of 'shakudo nanako' ground with gold cherry blossom 'mon'. Although cherry blossom was not a formal family 'mon', the fact that it is found on such a fine quality mounting made shortly before the Meiji Restoration suggests that it had by that time come to be regarded as a national symbol of Japan. The coincidence of a similar 'tachi' with a blade also by Ishido Korekazu in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum might suggest that both swords were made as diplomatic gifts.
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