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Sword: HELM.O.271b-1946

Object information

Awaiting location update

Maker(s)

Maker: HARIMA NO KAMI TACHIBANA YOSHINARI

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Description

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

Dating

Edo Period (1615-1868)#
17th Century, Mid#
17th Century#
1625 CE - 1675 CE

Note

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

  • Text: HARIMA NO KAMI TACHIBANA YOSHINARI
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: CHIKUSHU MIIKE JU HIROMASA
  • 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: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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