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Maker: Sukemitsu




A mounted katana. Signed Sukemitsu.The mounting very fine. Sugata: [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, saki-zori, extended point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: tight itame
Hamon [tempering pattern]: large gunome with ‘kani-no-tsume’, tama, and sunagashi of nioi with ko-nie
Boshi [tip]: midare with deep return
Nakago [tang]: ubu, file marks are katte sagari on the omote and katte –agari on the ura, one hole, ha-agari kurijiri tip
Habaki [collar]: single gold-clad copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: 60.6cm
Koshirae [w and worked in simulation of wood grain, the hilt bound with black silk cords consolidated with lacquer or like material, the metal fittings all matching, the long chape of shakudo nanako with gold-inlaid paulownia mon, the tsuba also of shajkudo nanako with paulownia mon arranged around the circumference and facing inwards, the kogai-hitsu plugged with gold covering, and a strip of shakudo inset into the kozuka-hitsu, with two gold-clad copper seppa the fuchi-kashi similarly with the paulownia mon, the menuki shakudo nanako roundels with minute inlaid gold paulownia mon around the edge, the kozuka with a shakudo nanako worn plate having three inlaid paulownia mon.

Place(s) associated

  • Osafune ⪼ Bizen ⪼ Japan


16th Century
Muromachi Period (1336-1573)
1500 CE - 1599 CE


The blade by one of a number of smiths signing Sukemitsu in Osafune village of Bizen province during the 16th century.

Components of the work

Tsuba Height 7 cm Width 6.8 cm
Blade Length 60.6 cm
Mounting Length 82.4 cm
Kozuka Length 9.4 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Sukemitsu
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Primary reference Number: 163213
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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