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Sword: HELM.O.270-1946

Object information

Awaiting location update


Maker: Unknown




The blade broad, slightly curved, yori mune, medium kissaki, broad undulating hamon with two shadows, swirling around dots. Signed on the tang. Plain iron mokko tsuba decorated with chiselled lengthwise striations and one kozuka-hitsu, unsigned. Grip bound with black lacing, half lost and covered with modern tape. Fuchi kashira of shakudo decorated with gold shishi in a grassy landscape. Scabbard inlaid with mother of pearl and lacquered. Menuki on the katana of gilt shishi, kozuka iron with three plovers and pines in copper and silver inlay, the kogatana signed CHIKUSHU MIIKE JU HIROMASA.
Part of a daisho with HELM.O.271-1946


History note: Unknown

Legal notes

Bequeathed by J. E. Helm

Measurements and weight

Length: 96.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Helm, J. E.


17th Century, Mid#
1652 CE - 1661 CE


Maker worked in Settsu, and was a student of Yoshimichi (Hawley 1981: 970)

Components of the work

Grip composed of tape ( modern)
Tsuba composed of iron
Scabbard composed of lacquer
Scabbard Inlay composed of mother-of-pearl
Inlay composed of copper silver
Shishi composed of gold
Blade Length 75.6 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Harima no kami Tachibane no Yoshinari, 1652
  • Location: On scabbard
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Harima no kami Tachibane no Yoshinari
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: HELM.O.270-1946
Primary reference Number: 162538
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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