- Museum number
a) Katana (long sword blade). Made of steel. Signed and dated.
b) Saya (scabbard). Lacquered black with stone-ground effect (ishime) on metal fittings; with iron-kojiri carved with drgaonflies. Made of wood.
c) Tsuka (hilt). Fuchi-kashira; menuki. Hilt; made of wood, ray skin, metal. braided textile. Menuki; designs of peonies. Fuchi-kashira; shakudo nanako with chrysanthemums in high relief coloured metal inlay.
d) Tsuba (sword guard). Pierced and carved in form of interlocking mokko forms. Made of patinated iron. Attributed to Goto Ichijo.
- Production date
- 1842 (second month)
Length: 70.80 centimetres (cutting edge)
Curvature: 1.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This broad-bodied blade is 'shinogi zukuri', and has a shallow curve and medium 'kissaki'. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang tip is 'ha agari kurijiri'. The grain is closely packed 'koitame'. The 'hamon' is widely spaced 'gunome' mixed with 'choji', with many small 'ashi' in 'nioi'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' of 'Jizo boshi' form.
The scabbard is lacquered black with an 'ishime' finish, and has an iron chape carved with dragonflies. The 'fuchi' and 'kashira' are of 'shakudo nanako' with chrysanthemums in high-relief coloured metal inlay. The 'menuki' are of peonies. The patinated iron 'tsuba' (col. pl. 14) is pierced and carved in the form of interlocking 'mokko' forms, and dates to the early Edo period, considerably earlier than the rest of the mounting.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Registration number