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Sword: HELM.O.271-1946

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Sugata: [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, suriage, even curve, extended point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: fine and bright ko-itame with fine ji-nie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: large saka gunome choji with ashi and yo, large nijuba
Boshi [tip]: midare-komi with kuzure return
Horimono [carving]: bohi grooves
Nakago [tang]: suriage with orikaeshi-mei, on hole and a partial hole on the folded portion,
Habaki [collar]: single lightly silvered copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 50.0cm, tang 15.7cm, curvature 0.8cm
Koshirae [mounting]: Daisho mounting, the scabbard with fragments of shell inlaid into the black lacquer and polished smooth. A paper label reads ‘Mutsu-n-kami, (probably the lord of Sendai, 1868), fuchi-kashira of a shishi before a torrent emerging from a rocky surround, with bamboo grasses in high relief with gold inlay on a shakudo nanako ground. Menuki missing from the wakizashi. The round iron tsuba of the wakizashi pierced with water plantains

Legal notes

Bequeathed by J. E. Helm


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
17th Century#
Production date: circa AD 1688

Components of the work

Scabbard Inlay composed of shell
Tsuba composed of iron Height 7.8 cm Width 7.3 cm
Inlay composed of copper gold silver
Blade Curvature Curved Edge 0.8 cm
Tang Length 15.7 cm
Blade Length 50 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

High relief

Identification numbers

Accession number: HELM.O.271-1946
Primary reference Number: 162098
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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