Katana sword.

Katana sword
Collection MAE RAS: № 13-9-A2/2-2a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i
Image ID: 3858458
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Museum inventory number:
№ 13-9-A2/2-2a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i
Title:
Katana sword
Dating:
Blade (16th c.), mount (18th - early19th c.)
Location:
Japan
Materials:
hammered steel, wood of magnolia, copper, copper alloys, lacquer vanish, brocade, guitarfish skin, silk cord, silk textile
Technics:
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
Collector:
Overmeer Fisscher, van Iohann Friedrich, Foreign corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in St.Petersburg
Commentation:
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.