Object Title

Sword (katana)

Sword (katana)

Date

1600-1699

Object Number

XXVIS.328

Provenance

Presented by a private donor, 10 July 2002. Formerly part of the collection of her husband.

Physical Description

Blade


The blade is of shinogi zukuri form having goma bashi hi at the base with bonji carved above, that on the omote representing Kongoyasha Myo (North Guardian) and that on the ura Gunsari Myo (South Guardian). The blade has considerable fumbari and a sori that has a tendancy towards koshizori. The hada is itame. The hamon is gonome / choji midare in nioi deki with considerable ashi and nie in the hollows. On one side the hamon is more defined and shows more activity with inazuma, sunagashi and so forth. The boshi is suguba and cho maru with almost no kaeri. The tang is long and tapering, ubu with a kengyo tip and o sujikai yasurimei.


Mounts


The blade is mounted for naval use in WWII. The scabbard being covered with black lacquered polished same and fitted with a double hanger and gilded mounts of regulation form. The hilt also has black fine grained same wrapped with a pale brown braid, the mounts being numbered 79 under the katakana character su. There is a sword knot with a double tassel in a mid greenish brown. _

Dimensions

Dimensions: The nagasa is 625 mm, the sori is 18 mm, the length of tang is 195 mm, the width at the machi is 31 mm, the width at the yokote is 22 mm, the length of the kissaki is 35 mm, the length of the hilt is 245 mm, the length of the scabbard is 700 mm. Weight: blade 0.66 kg, mount 0.735 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

Signed Kosuke (no) kami Yoshikuni.

Associations

Places Japan

Notes

This sword has been polished in Europe an although bright does show the structure reasonably well. This smith is Hawley YOS 300, Fujishiro Shinto Volume p.83. The signature complies with that used in the period 1660 - 1680. see also Nihon To Koza, Vol IV, Shinto, translated by Afu Watson, p.142 et seq.