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Short Sword with Black Lacquer Saya
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Short Sword with Black Lacquer Saya

Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This blade was shortened from a large tachi, and appears to be a work by Tametsugu or a related smith working in the 14th century. It combines elements of the Soshu and Mino styles. The mounts for this blade include a black lacquer "saya" with polished cherry blossoms on a dull ground, and an elaborate "kojiri" of gold and silver with crayfish and waves. The piece also has a silver "kurigata," a gold and copper "kozuka" handle with a whale, an inscription on the handle and blade, a gold "habaki" and "seppa," a silver "tsuba" and "fuchi," a gold "menuki" with two carp, a "shibuichi" and a gold "kashira." Ray skin and ito-maki decorate the two-handed tsuka.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Takamoto Hidemune; [Signature] Fujiwara Kinmichi; [Transcription] Takamoto Hidemune/Meiji yonen Kanoto-Hitsuji nagazuki; [Transcription] Meiji roku [ ]tsuki/Takamoto Hidemune; [Translation] Meiji 6 (1873)/Takamoto Hidemune; [Translation] Takamoto Hidemune/Meiji 4 (1871) {8th cycle} September
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1871-1873 (Meiji-Nambokucho)
lacquer, steel, silver, gold, copper alloy, ray skin shibuichi
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
21 15/16 in. (55.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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