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Sword: O.4-1973

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Bishu Osafune (No) Ju Sukesada
Maker: Awataguchi Omi (No) Kami Tadatsuna




Signed Awataguchi Omi (No) Kami Tadatsuna. Sugata: [configuration]: broad shinogi-zukuri, even curve, small-medium point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: fine tight ko-itame
Hamon [tempering pattern]: toranba with gunome in ko-nie
Boshi [tip]: broad nioi-guchi and maru return
Horimono [carving]: none
Nakago [tang]: ubu, katte sagari file marks, one hole, ha-agari kutijiri tip
Habaki [collar]: single copper-gilt
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 54.7cm, tang 17.3cm, curvature 1.5cm
Koshirae [mounting]: as the katana mounting except that the wakizashi is provided with a kozuka of shibuichi carved with waves and a gold-inlaid dragon weaving through the waves, Kozuka signed Bishu Osafune (No) Ju Sukesada


History note: Unknown before S.R. Turner

Legal notes

Bequeathed by S.R. Turner

Measurements and weight

Length: 76.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
17th Century#
Production date: exact AD 1686 : Dated JOKYO SANNEN HACHIGATSU JITSU ( A day in the eighth month 1686)


Associated with O.5-1973 as part of a Daisho (matching pair of swords)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Bishu Osafune (No) Ju Sukesada
  • Location: Kozuka
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Awataguchi Omi (No) Kami Tadatsuna
  • Location: Wakizashi
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: JOKYO SANNEN HACHIGATSU JITSU ( A day in the eighth month 1686)
  • Type: Date

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.4-1973
Primary reference Number: 163218
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 February 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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