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Sword: HELM.O.271b-1946

Object information




Sugata: [configuration]: honzukuri, even curve, medium pointchu-kissaki
Kitae: [forging pattern]: fine ko-itame, almost appears grainless, with ji-nie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: long sloping yakidashi becoming a tight sudare-ba
Boshi [tip]: komaru
Horimono [carving]: non
Nakago [tang]: ubu, katte sagari file marks, two holes, iriyamagata tip
Habaki [collar]: copper clad with shakudo, and with a ‘windswept’ paulownia in gold level inlay
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 74.2cm, tang 22.3cm, curvature 1.5cm
Koshirae [mounting]: Daisho mounting, the scabbard with fragments of shell inlaid into the black lacquer and polished smooth, a paper label reads ‘Mutsu-n-kami, probably the lord of Sendai, 1868), fuchi-kashira of a shishi before a torent emerging from a rocky surround with bamboo grasses in high relief with gold inlay on a shakudo nanako ground, menuki missing from the wakizashi, menuki on the katana of gilt shishi, kozuka iron with three plovers and pines in copper and silver inlay, the kogatana signed CHIKUSHU MIIKE JU HIROMASA, the round iron tsuba of the wakizashi pierced with water plantains, height 7.8cm, width 7.3cm, the tsuba of the katana iron mokko shape with chiselled lengthwise striations and one kozuka-hitsu. overall length of the wakizashi 71.0cm


Edo period
Mid 17th century
17th Century
1625 CE - 1675 CE


The smith Yoshinari was a pupil of Yamato no Kami Yoshimichi of Osaka who worked around 1650. They specialized in the ‘sudareba’ (reed curtain) style of hamon seen on this blade.

Components of the work

Tsuba Height 7.8 cm Width 7.3 cm
Tang Length 22.3 cm
Blade Length 74.2 cm
Curvature Width 1.5 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Signature
  • Location: Kogatana
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: ‘Mutsu-n-kami, probably the lord of Sendai, 1868'
  • Location: Scabbard
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HELM.O.271b-1946
Primary reference Number: 163261
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 11 May 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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