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Sword: HEL/ARM.273-1946

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Maker: YOSHITSUNE BIZEN (Previous attribution to this m)




Sugata: [configuration]: shinogi zukuri, deep koshizori curve, small point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: not distinct due to rubbing, but the clean portion under the habaki looks like ko-itame with utsuri
Hamon [tempering pattern]: large gunome choji
Boshi [tip]: not visible
Horimono [carving]: none
Nakago [tang]: ubu, file marks indistinct, spurious group of three holes above the original hole, kurijiri tip
Habaki [collar]:
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 49.3cm, tang 11.3cm, curvature 1.4cm Koshirae [mounting]: Daisho mounting, the scabbards of polished samé-gawa with black lacquer, the kozuka pocket has a band of shibuich with pine-covered mountains and approaching banner, on the wakizashi a kogai of shakudo nanako, possibly lacquered, with two riders speeding towards a raging river (Ujigawa story) in fine high releif inlay with shakudo, copper, silver, and gold, fuchi-kashira of similar design, the matching kozuka with the same two riders having arrived at the river, one having plunged in, signed on the back Goto Toshitaka (VIIIth generation), simlar but unsigned kozuka on the katana mounting, fuchi-kashira of the same motif with riders in high relief inlay of shakudo, copper, gold and silver, menuki similar on the wakizashi, and on the katana a rider, and a fugitive lady in a boat. The fuchi on the katana mounting inscribed OMORI EISHU. Round iron tsubas pierced and roundly carved with armoured figures in combat by the Ujigawa bridge with gold inlay signed BUSHU HIKONE JU MOGARASHI SOTEN, height 8.1, width 7.8cm. Overall length of wakizashi mounting 74cm, of the katana mounting 100.5cm


Kamakura period (1185-1392)
13th Century
1200 CE - 1299 CE


Zashi signed Masatsune. Labelled 'Blade Yoshitsune Bizen'. The wakizashi is signed Masatsune on the tachi side, and appears to be of the shape and size of the kodachi ( small tachi) of the Kamakura period (1185-1333).( the old label saying Yoshitsune is mistaken)

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Components of the work

Tsuba Height 8.1 cm Width 7.8 cm
Tang Length 11.3 cm
Blade Length 49.3 cm
Mounting Length 74 cm
Curvature Width 1.4 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEL/ARM.273-1946
Primary reference Number: 163258
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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