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Sword: H.12-1946

Object information


Ikkei (Maker)


Sugata: [configuration]: hirazukuri, no curve,
Kitae: [forging pattern]: flowing itame
Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha with variations of ko-nie
Boshi [tip]: pointed on the ura, and with kusure and ko-maru on the omote
Horimono [carving]: bohi from the bottom of the blade up to just before the monouchi
Nakago [tang]: ubu, funagata shape, file marks indistinct, one hole, deep ha-agari kurijiri tip
Habaki [collar]: double copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 21.8cm, tang 7.6cm
Koshirae [mounting]: aikuchi type mounting with black lacquered scabbard with peonies and a butterly in gold makie, the matching fuchi and koiguchi silver with chrysanthemums in sunken relief, signed IKKEI, menuki of long-tailed birds in gilt copper , kaeri-tsuno and kojiri of silver engraved with with peonies and scrolling, two silver kashira with peafowl on rocks set into the scabbard just above the kojiri.
Overall length of mounting 34.8cm


Edo period
19th century
1800 - 1899

Components of the work

Scabbard composed of lacquer ( black) gold ( gold makie) silver ( on the kojiri) silver ( two silver kashira with peafowl on rocks set into the scabbard just above the kojiri) Collar composed of copper ( double copper) Menuki composed of copper ( gilt copper) Blade Length 21.8 cm
Mounting Length 34.8 cm
Tang Length 7.6 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IKKEI
  • Location: Fuchi and koiguchi
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: SA
  • Location: Tang
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: H.12-1946
Primary reference Number: 163251
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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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