- Museum number
Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.195.a. Made of steel. Signed. Part of daisho (matching pair) with 1958,0730.145.
Saya (scabbard) 1958,0730.195.b: Part of mounting for katana (lacking, kozuka and kojiri). tree bark with black, brown and gold lacquer; made of wood with metal. Kogai: made of gilt copper; gilt carving of Fudo's dragon and vajra on shakudo insert.
Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.195.c. Made of wood, ray skin, braided textile. Fuchi-kashira: silver, deeply carved with chrysanthemum blossoms. Menuki: gilt ivy leaves.
- Production date
Length: 69.80 centimetres (without tang)
Curvature: 2.20 centimetres (curvature)
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
The blade has a standard deep curve. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kesho' and 'sujigai'; the tang tip is 'iriyamagata'. The grain is closely packed, bright 'koitame'. The rather flamboyant 'hamon' consists of 'kawazu no ko choji' and 'fukuro choji', with considerable variation in depth and many 'ashi'; it is predominantly of 'nioi' but there is some 'nie' at the crests of the 'choji'. The 'boshi' is 'midare komi'.
The scabbard is contrived in the form of tree bark with black, brown and gold lacquer. The 'fuchi' and 'kashira' are silver, deeply carved with chrysanthemum blossoms. The gilt 'menuki' are of ivy leaves. The 'kogai' is of gilt copper, with a gilt 'kurikara' on a 'shakudo' insert. The mounting lacks a 'tsuba', 'kozuka' and 'kojiri'.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Registration number