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Tanto: HELM.O.283-1946

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Blade. Tsuba, iron, lobed and inlaid Iin sentoku with stylised plant and plain gilt edge. Hilt of blade lacquer with fine horizontal grooves, brass Mekugi pierced with retaining pin. Fuchi and Kashira of shakudo with nanako surface and applied silver millet motif with gilt grain. Menuki with matching millet motif.
The scabbard of black lacquer with impressed crest motif, Kurikata matching Fuchi-Kashira, applied copper bird with black beak and gilt eye. Kodzuka of shibuichi with applied gold and silver millet in copper basket

Legal notes

Bequeathed by J. E. Helm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Helm, J. E.

Components of the work

Kodzuka composed of shibuichi
Inlay composed of sentoku
Edge composed of gilt
Hilt, Scabbard composed of lacquer
Applied, Basket composed of copper
Applied composed of gold
Applied Millet composed of silver
Mekugi composed of brass (alloy)
Blade Height 26.9 cm
Sword In Scabbard Length 44.8 cm
Edge, Eye
Silver, Menuki

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Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: HELM.O.283-1946
Primary reference Number: 169485
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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