Object Title

Sword (katana)

Sword (katana)



Object Number



Transferred from Bristol Museum, 1966.

Physical Description

The blade is of shinogi zukuri form, with ihori mune, fumbari and deep koshizori.
Hamon is a wide suguba from which closed loop or arches reach to the shinogi, becoming irregular towards the monouchi. Ko itame hada with areas of mokume, ko maru boshi with long kaeri.
Hilt of wood covered with same and bound with black lacquered leather. All the mounts, of handachi type, are of iron decorated with gold overlay of tendrils and star shaped flowers in the Higo style. Menuki of shakudo with gilding in the form of tied bunches of flowers and grasses. Circular iron tsuba with a raised round rim decorated by snowflake designs in relief edged with silver and flecked with gold, the background hammered. The seppa dai is decorated, or has had a signature defaced, by circularly arranged cuts. The scabbard is black lacquer mottled with red, fitted with a matching kodzuka and a kogai of shibuichi engraved with peony's and butterflies.


HiltLength210 mm
KissakiLength30 mm
BladeLength572 mm
OverallLength820 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Signed on the omote side of the tang 'Sagami (no) kami Togo Munekuni' and on the ura 'Ketsu jugo mai kobuse tsukuru'


Places Japan


Munekuni is recorded as being the pupil of Yasukuni working around 1688; W M Hawley, Hollywood, Japanese Swordsmiths 1966.The inscription on the ura side of the blade can be translated as '15 lamination kobuse forging make'. Hawley records this smith as normally signing '..Fujiwara Munekuni'. The Togo in the inscription listed above may be an abbreviation for Fujiwara.