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Sword: HEL/ARM.288-1946

Object information

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Blade maker: Katsumitsu (Blade)
Tsuba maker: Masakata (Tsuba)




Sugata: [configuration]: slender shinogi-zukuri with fumbari, deep koshizori curve curve, medium point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: not discernable
Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
Horimono [carving]: none
Nakago [tang]: appears ubu, katte sagari file marks, one enlarged hole, kurijiri tip
Habaki [collar]: single silver-clad copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 44.2cm, tang 11.0cm, curvature 1.2cm
Koshirae [mounting]: wakizashi mounting with a black lacquered ribbed scabbard, a kojiri of black horn, the fuchi-kashira of shakudo nanako with shishi and peonies in gilt copper inlay, menuki of peony blossoms and leaves in shakudo and gold,menuki home-made in UK, the hilt binding also not original (possibly football boot laces), the round iron tsuba piered in positive silhouette with saddle bows and a whip with detail in gold nunome zogan, signed BUSHU JU MASAKATA, height 6.5cm, width 6.1cm, overall length 69.6cm.

Place(s) associated

  • Osafune ⪼ Bizen ⪼ Japan
  • Bushu ⪼ Japan


Muromachi Period (1336-1573)
16th Century
1500 CE - 1599 CE


The smith is Katsumitsu of Osafune village in Bizen province. Katsumitsu made the blade and Masakata of Bushu made the Tsuba. Masakata is associated to the place "Japan".

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Katasumitsu
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: (front of label) MASAKATA OF BUSHU (back of label) BLADE KATSUMITSU
  • Location: Tsuba
  • Type: Red label
  • Location: Tsuba
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEL/ARM.288-1946
Primary reference Number: 163252
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 January 2014 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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