Description Wood saya worked with pine bark and large silver snake coiling arond it. Mountings of silver with gold detail; Tsuba with dragon clutching a jewel. Gold habaki. Kozuka handle of sentoku with lizard and orchids. Very heavy blade with the double-edged sword of the fierce Buddhist deity Fudo Myo-o, a dragon coiled around it, is engraved on the blade. Inscribed "Yasutsugu (Third Generation) Made in Tokyo, around 1665.
Short sword (wakizashi) with a large silver snake coiled around pine bark saya (includes 51.1269.1-51.1269.5)
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Kikokusai Nakagawa Yasunori; [Transcription] Yasutsugu motte Namban tetsu oite Bushu tsukuru kore; [Translation] Yasutsugu made this in Bushu province, using Namban (Western) steel; [Transcription] Oe Masakuni, zoku yo sei shi, Kami (no) katana (no) tame shi, goto, Hitotsuyanagi Tomotoshi; [Translation] See remarks
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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