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Maker: Masamune (Spurious)




Sugata: [configuration]: hirazukuri, slight curve
Kitae: [forging pattern]: ko-itame with masame and shirake
Hamon [tempering pattern]: midareba with kinsuji, gunome
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
Horimono [carving]: none
Nakago [tang]: suriage, katte-sagari file marks, two holes, kiri tip
Habaki [collar]: single gilt copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 29.3cm, tang 9.5cm, curve 3mm
Koshirae [mounting]:aikuchi mounting, the scabbard lacquered red striated horizontally with irregular thin black lines, the metal fittings of gilt copper with floral designs, the kaerizuno in the form of a boar of shibuichi with details in gold and silver, menuki of fans in shibuichi with gold details, kozuka with a tasselled ‘ken’, the fuchi with a thick gold rim. Overall length 42.8cm


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
19th Century
1800 - 1899


The inscription of the great 14th century smith Masamune of Sagami blade is spurious.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Masamune
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Primary reference Number: 163222
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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