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Tanto: HELM.O.284-1946

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Blade. Signature: Satsuma no Kamikintaka Tsuba shakudo embossed with dragon swimming in waves. Dragon and scattered dots, gilt. Fuchi and Kashira nanako with gilt dragons. Dragon menuki of shakudo with gilding.
Sheath with black 'pitted' lacquer surface black lacquered Kurikata. Shakudo kodzuka, one side with 3 embossed leaves, two silvered are gilt, other side plain without patina

Legal notes

Bequeathed by J. E. Helm

Measurements and weight

Height: 39.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Production date: AD 1687

Components of the work

Sword In Scabbard Length 60 cm
Sheath, Kurikata

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: HELM.O.284-1946
Primary reference Number: 169486
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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