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Sword, Scabbard, D24.303

Physical Description

Long sword - katana. Hilt of green brocade wrapped with black cord and with gold menuki (dragons). Gilded copper (?) kashira, fuchi - fitting at either end of the hilt. Plain gilded tsuba (copper?), pierced for kogai and kozuka; one opening has been plugged. Scabbard wrapped in brocade which was probably same colour as hilt, but is now almost black, with design of clouds and medallions (?). Gilded fittings - kurikata, semegane and ishizuki. While the sword is a katana (thrust through sash), some of the fittings are typical of those that appear on the scabbards of tachi (swords hung from a belt). Haimon is clear and consists of a regular curing line (gonome).

Provenance

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Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (a - Sword): 67 x 845 x 61mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D) (b - Scabbard): 36 x 713 x 34mm
Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 67 x 956 x 61mm

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