Katana (long sword blade) 1912,1012.22.a. Made of steel. Signed. Stored in wooden storage sheath, inside purple fabric bag. Sword-sheath 1912,1012.22.b. Part of tachi mounting for katana. stone appearance surface lacquered black with crest (mon) depicting sets of four masu (measuring boxes) in mother-of-pearl inlay and gold makie; on obverse, one mon of mother-of-pearl and two of makie; on reverse, two mon of mother-of-pearl and two of makie; shakudo fittings with nanako surface, with inlaid gold paulownia mon. Made of wood. Hilt; menuki; fuchi-kashira 1912,1012.22.c. Part of tachi mounting for katana. Hilt: wrapped with blue silk brocade beneath standard black silk binding; made of wood. Menuki: roundly carved depictions of paulownia flowers; made of shakudo. Fuchi-kashira: nanako surface, with inlaid gold paulownia crest (mon); made of shakudo. Tsuba 1912,1012.22.d. Part of tachi mounting for katana. Mokko-shaped; carved in high relief, with depictions of phoenixes and paulownias on obverse; paulownia and flowing clouds on reverse; details in gold inlay with woven textile appearance; with shakudo oseppa (additional spacer) with nanako surface, with inlaid gold paulownia crest (mon). Made of iron.


People

Acquired From
Salomons, Juliet Rosetta to The British Museum
Found, Excavated, Collected By
Seymour-Trower, Harry
Maker
Chikanori II

Place

Made In
Hitachi

Time

Acquired In
1912
Made
1868-1912
Period/Culture
Meiji Era

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