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Wakizashi: HELM.O.287-1946

Object information

Current Location: In storage




Blade. Iron tsuba, with water plants rock and flying long-necked bird embossed in copper and details gilt. Iron fuchi, with embossed waves and calligraphy. Kashira with embossed waves en suite.
Pair of Menuki each with bow and sheath of arrows in shakudo nanako one side with embossed and gilt books and flowering sprig.
Black lacquer scabbard 'pitted' and spangled; copper kojiri with engraved grass and flowers embossed grasshopper.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by J. E. Helm

Acquisition and important dates

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

Components of the work

Menuki composed of shakudo
Tsuba, Fuchi composed of iron
Tsuba composed of gilt
Scabbard composed of lacquer
Kojiri composed of copper
Blade Height 52 cm
Sword In Scabbard Length 72.5 cm
Kashira, Menuki
Scabbard, Kojiri

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: HELM.O.287-1946
Primary reference Number: 169489
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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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