Katana sword.

Katana sword
Collection MAE RAS: № 13-9-A2/2-2a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i
Image ID: 3858458
Museum inventory number:
№ 13-9-A2/2-2a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i
Katana sword
Blade (16th c.), mount (18th - early19th c.)
hammered steel, wood of magnolia, copper, copper alloys, lacquer vanish, brocade, guitarfish skin, silk cord, silk textile
gold plating, blacksmithing, tempering, polishing, engraving on copper, gold incrustation, patinating, lacquering, weaving
Dimensions, cm:
Sword in the mounting: 97.0 x 7,7 x 10,0
Overmeer Fisscher, van Iohann Friedrich, Foreign corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in St.Petersburg
The sword consists of the following items: brocade pouch, blade (toshin), scabbard (saya), habaki, 2 seppa, handle (tsuka) (made of magnolia wood, covered with shark skin and braided with dark-brown silk cord) with 2 menuki figurines, fuchi and kashira. The blade is of shinogi-zukuri form, with 3 mekugi-ana, signed 平鎭久 Taira Shigehisa (Takada group, mid – late 16th c.). Hamon pattern: togari-gunome. A thick steel tsuba is signed 唐津住国吉Karatsu-ju Kuniyoshi (Kuniyoshi from Karatsu, a town ant the North-West of Kyushu); has one kogatana-hitsu; decorative pattern carved clouds and 3 kashiwa leaves in the combined technique: sukashi-bori perforation, engraving, gilding, golden inlay. Fuchi and kashira are of copper and covered with dark patina; kashira is decorated with grapes vine and butterfly (golden inlay, relief applique iroe-zogan, patinas, nanako). Two menuki figurines are in the form of pomegranates (copper, shakudo, gilding, patina). Saya (scabbard) is made of magnolia and covered with black kuro-urushi lacquer in the hana-nuri technique, with dark-blue silk sageo cord.