Wakizashi sword.

Wakizashi sword
Collection MAE RAS: № 13-9/2a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j
Image ID: 3858402
Museum inventory number:
№ 13-9/2a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j
Wakizashi sword
Blade (14th-15th), tsuba (17th c.),mount (18th c.)
hammered steel, wood of magnolia, copper, copper alloys, lacquer vanish, guitarfish skin, silk cord
gold plating, silvering, blacksmithing, tempering, polishing, engraving, incrustation, caulking, applique, patinating, lacquering
Dimensions, cm:
Sword in the mounting: 58.2 x 7.5 x 7.5
Siebold, von Philipp Frantz (?)
The sword consists of the following items: blade (toshin), scabbard (saya), habaki, 2 seppa, handle (tsuka) (made of magnolia wood, covered with shark skin and braided with dark-blue silk cord) with 2 menuki figurines, fuchi and kashira. The blade is of shinogi-zukuri form, with 1 mekugi-ana, signed 相州住廣正 Soshu-ju Hiromasa (Hiromasa living in Sagami province) – it was a mei used by a group of Sagami swordsmiths active in the 14th – 15th c. Hamon pattern: suguha-midare with some ko-notare. Horimono engraving: a stylized kurikara dragon coiling over a ken sword and bonji. A thick shinchu maru-gata tsuba is signed 平戸住国重造 Hirado-ju Kunishige; this late 17th c. tsubako smith from Hirado is known as one of the founders of the Namban style of tsuba and other kanamono. This tsuba has a design of two unryu dragons (one with the ken sword protruding out from his tail) playing with the hoju pearl. Technique: takabori high relief carving, patina, gilding. The rim of the tsuba is carved with a series of the repeating nambanji characters. Fuchi and kashira are decorated in the same style: the surface ishime in high relief, with dark patina and some gilding; both have a maru-ni mitsu katabami kamon – a design of three katabami lives in a ring, in high relief applique; that at the fuchi is divided into 2 parts – most of the design is placed at the facial side of the fuchi, the remaining part – atits opposite side. Saya (scabbard) is made of magnolia and covered with black kuro-urushi lacquer in the kawa-nuri technique. A kogatana knife with a kozuka handle is inserted into the saya. The kozuka is decorated with nanako and a gilded ogi fan and karakusa design. The kogatana is signed: 伴入道風一作之 Tomonao nyudo Fuichi saku – “Tomonao nyudo Fuichi made this” (this smith form Iga province was active in the late 17th c. and was specializing in the kogatana production).