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Wakizashi-sheath; hilt; fuchi-kashira. Part of mounting for wakizashi. Sheath: scattered pieces of straw beneath top transparent layer forming effect similar to gold nashiji; made of brown lacquered wood. Hilt: made of wood, skin (ray), metal, braided textile. Fuchi-kashira: birds inlaid in shakudo and coloured metals on shibuichi.
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This blade is 'shinogi zukuri' and has a medium 'kissaki'. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is an indiscernible, closely packed 'koitame'. The extravagant 'hamon' is 'choji' with 'ashi' in bright and even 'nioi'. The 'boshi' has 'midare komi', 'haki' and a deep 'komaru'.
The scabbard is of brown lacquers with scattered pieces of straw beneath a top transparent layer forming an effect similar to gold 'nashiji'. The 'fuchi' and 'kashira' are of 'shibuichi' with birds inlaid in 'shakudo' and coloured metals. The 'tsuba' is of 'shakudo' pierced and roundly sculpted with a flowering plum bough, and is inscribed 'Nara saku' (Nara make). The 'kozuka' (col. pl. 9) and 'kogai' by Masamori of Kyoto (b.1656) have nestlings in high-relief coloured metal inlay on 'shibuichi'.
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