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Sword: HEL/ARM.287-1946

Object information

Awaiting location update


Maker: Unknown




Sugata: [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, medium curve, medium point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: details not visible
Hamon [tempering pattern]: details not visible
Boshi [tip]: details not visible
Horimono [carving]: double groove, one wide and one narow, kakinagashi
Nakago [tang]: ubu, kiri file marks, one hole, ha-agari kurijiri tip
Habaki [collar]: single, silvered copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 48.6cm, tang 14.5cm, curvature 1.2cm
Koshirae [mounting]: wakizashi mounting, the black lacquered scabbard with
Chrysanthemum scrolling in gold makie, the hilt with fine ray skin, kashira of horn, fuchi of shakudo nanako, menuki of a gilt dragon in clouds and a cavorting shishi, mokko shape iron tsuba with pine, emblems, stream-side plants, and flying birds in copper, silver, and gold high releif inlay, copper kozuka with a kurikara (dragon-entwinned double-edged sword emblem) in uchidashi with some gilding.


The blade is completely rubbed so that the details are not visible: Cannot tell the age nor province of manufacture.

Components of the work

Scabbard composed of gold ( Chrysanthemum scrolling in gold makie) lacquer ( black)
Hilt composed of ray skin ( fine)
Menuki composed of gold ( gilt decoration)
Tsuba composed of copper ( high relief inlay) iron
Kashira composed of horn ( shakudo nanako)
Collar composed of copper ( single silvered copper)
Kozuka composed of gold ( some gilding) copper
Fuchi composed of copper
Blade Curvature 1.2 cm Length 48.6 cm
Tang Length 14.5 cm

Materials used in production

high relief inlay Gold
high relief inlay Silver

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEL/ARM.287-1946
Primary reference Number: 163248
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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