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Sword: HELM.O.271a-1946

Object information




Sugata: [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, suriage, even curve, extended point
Kitae: [forging pattern]: fine and bright ko-itame with fine ji-nie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: large saka gunome choji with ashi and yo, large nijuba
Boshi [tip]: midare-komi with kuzure return
Horimono [carving]: bohi grooves
Nakago [tang]: suriage with orikaeshi-mei, on hole and a partial hole on the folded portion,
Habaki [collar]: single lightly silvered copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: blade 50.0cm, tang 15.7cm, curvature 0.8cm

Measurements and weight

Length: 71.0 cm


Edo period
17th Century
1600 - 1699


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

Collar composed of copper ( single lightly silvered copper) silver ( single lightly silvered copper) Tang Length 15.7 cm
Blade Length 50.0 cm
Curvature Width 0.8 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: HELM.O.271a-1946
Primary reference Number: 163262
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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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