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Tanto (dagger blade). Made of steel. Signed. Carving of Fudo's dragon and sword on obverse; two parallel grooves on reverse.
Saya (scabbard): lacquered in simulation of bamboo with combed lines and groups of three encircling bands; shibuichi fittings with designs of boys at play with various toys and emblems carved and inlaid with coloured metals; made of wood.
Tsuka (hilt): made of wood, ray skin, braided baleen (whale beard).
Kozuka; menuki; fuchi-kashira: boys at play with various toys and emblems carved and inlaid with coloured metals; made of shibuichi; signed.
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Length: 24 centimetres (blade without tang)
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This blade is 'hira zukuri' and has a thick 'kasane'. There is a carving of a 'kurikara' on the 'omote' and 'gomabashi' on the 'ura'. The tang has 'katte sagari' file marks, two holes and a 'kuri'-type tip. The grain is closely packed 'itame'. The 'hamon' is predominantly 'konie' with 'gunome' at the base of the blade near the tang, but develops into 'suguha' with variations from the middle of the blade upwards. The 'boshi' is 'komaru' with a pointed return.
The scabbard is lacquered in simulation of bamboo with combed lines and groups of three encircling bands. The 'shibuichi' fittings show boys at play with various toys and emblems carved and inlaid with coloured metals. The 'fuchi' and 'kozuka' are signed 'Togyokusai Katsukei Kiyotsugu' (compare nos 43 and 44 whose fittings are signed 'Katsukei Gyokusai', and no. 64 signed 'Kiyotsugu'). The assembly dates from the Meiji era.
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