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Sword: HEL/ARM.272a-1946

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Maker: Kanenori




Sugata: [configuration]: slender narrowing shinogi-zukuri, even deep curve, small point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: not visible due to rubbing
Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunomeba with some choji particularly towards the upper part
Boshi [tip]: not visible due to rubbing
Horimono [carving]: none
Nakago [tang]: suriage, file marks on the ura made after the shortening process are in kiri style, those on the omote are gyaku osujigai on the original portion bearing the signature.
Habaki [collar]:
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 63.9cm, tang 18.1cm, curvature 1.8cm

Koshirae [mounting]: Daisho mounting, the scabbards of polished samé-gawa with black lacquer, the kozuka pocket has a band of shibuich with pine-covered mountains and approaching banner, on the wakizashi a kogai of shakudo nanako, possibly lacquered, with two riders speeding towards a raging river (Ujigawa story) in fine high releif inlay with shakudo, copper, silver, and gold, fuchi-kashira of similar design, the matching kozuka with the same two riders having arrived at the river, one having plunged in, signed on the back Goto Toshitaka (VIIIth generation), simlar but unsigned kozuka on the katana mounting, fuchi-kashira of the same motif with riders in high relief inlay of shakudo, copper, gold and silver, menuki similar on the wakizashi, and on the katana a rider, and a fugitive lady in a boat. The fuchi on the katana mounting inscribed OMORI EISHU. Round iron tsubas pierced and roundly carved with armoured figures in combat by the Ujigawa bridge with gold inlay signed BUSHU HIKONE JU MOGARASHI SOTEN, height 8.1, width 7.8cm. Overall length of katana mounting 100.5cm

Measurements and weight

Length: 100.5 cm


Muromachi period (1336-1573)
16th century
1500 - 1599

School or Style

Seki school

Components of the work

Tsuba Height 8.1 cm Width 7.8 cm
Tang Length 18.1 cm
Blade Length 63.9 cm
Curvature Width 1.8 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: KANENORI
  • Location: Blade
  • Method of creation: Inscrbed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: ’BLADE KANENORI’ and HEL/ARM.272-1946
  • Location: Katana
  • Type: Round green label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEL/ARM.272a-1946
Primary reference Number: 163264
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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