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Wakizashi: O.5-1973

Object information

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Sugata: [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri,
Kitae: [forging pattern]: not visible
Hamon [tempering pattern]: not clearly visible, but appears to be gunome choji
Boshi [tip]: not visible
Horimono [carving]: none
Nakago [tang]: file marks indistinct, one hole, abrupt ha-agari kurijiri tip
Habaki [collar]: a double copper habaki clad all over in a single silver sheet
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 53.3cm, tang 16cm, curvature 1.7cm
Koshirae [mounting]: brownish-tinged black lacquer scabbard with a large iron kojiri, the hilt bound with buff-coloured silk braid, the fuchi-kashira of dark-patinated shibuichi with shojo (drunken sprites) in copper, silver, and gold level inlay (style of Sozaemon Masanori), menuki of groups of leaves in shakudo with gold details, tsuba of round-cornered square form with geometric borders of stylized clouds or waves with dragons in gold and silver nunome zogan, the copper kozuka of Jurojin and Daikoku in high relief with gold details, the kogatana signed Tamba Kawachi Morikuni, kogai of yamagane with bundle of plum blossoms and twigs in coloured metal inlay.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by S. R. Turner

Measurements and weight


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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-10-18) by Turner, S. R.


17th Century#
1600 - 1699

Components of the work

Hilt composed of silk braid ( buff)
Kojiri composed of iron
Scabbard composed of lacquer
Habaki composed of copper silver

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.5-1973
Primary reference Number: 163249
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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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