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Short sword: O.6-1973

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




In very poor condition, slightly curved yori mune, no visible hamon, tang unsigned. Silvered copper habaki. Square tsuba of iron decorated at the front with swirls of silver, at the rear with a silver key fret border and sprays of silver, copper and gold inlay. The grip of wood covered in same and bound with cream lacing. The fuchi kashira of patinated copper inlaid with gold. The scabbard of plain wood covered with textured black matt lacquer. The kozuka hilt of shakudo with Shu Lao and his deer, and two other immortals on a fish roe ground. The kogai of patinated copper decorated with cherry blossom and bamboo in relief.


History note: Unknown before S.R. Turner

Legal notes

Bequeathed by S.R. Turner

Measurements and weight

Length: 695 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973) by Turner, S. R.


19th Century
Edo period (1615-1868) / Meiji period (1868-1912)
Uncertain 1800 CE - 1899 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Blade Length 550 mm

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.6-1973
Primary reference Number: 162426
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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