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Sword: HEL/ARM.286-1946

Object information


Sugata: [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, even curve, medium point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: ko-itame with ji-nie and chikei
Hamon [tempering pattern]: midareba with large nie, sunagashi, and nijuba
Boshi [tip]: indistinct
Horimono [carving]: none
Nakago [tang]: ubu, osujigai file marks, iriyamagata tip
Habaki [collar]: double gilt copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 49.7cm, tang 14.7cm, curvature 1.1cm
Koshirae [mounting]: wakizashi mounting, the scabbard lacquered black with shell or other speckled inlay, the rounded kojiri of shibuichi with insects and chrysanthemum blossoms in silver, shakudo, and a little gold inlay, the fuchi-kashira carved with sea waves, inscribed ‘FUKUJU’ (good fortune and longevity), the menuki of bows and arrows in shakudo with silver and gold details, the kozuka of shakudo nanako with a book and plum blossom (signifying the deified Fujiwara Michizane , Tenjin Sama – the God of Learning ) hammered in high relief, the round iron tsuba with flying geese and grasses in copper and gold inlay, height 7.0cm, width 6.8cm

Components of the work

Scabbard composed of lacquer ( black) shell ( inlay (speckled)) Kojiri composed of shakudo ( inlay) gold ( inlay) silver ( inlay) shibuichi Tsuba composed of copper ( inlay) gold ( inlay) iron Height 7.0 cm Width 6.8 cm
Kozuka composed of copper ( shakudo nanako copper) Blade Curvature 1.1 cm Length 49.7 cm
Tang Length 14.7 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: FUKUJU
  • Location: Fuchi-kashira
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEL/ARM.286-1946
Primary reference Number: 163247
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 January 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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