A NAGAMAKI AND A RED LACQUER SCABBARD
A NAGAMAKI AND A RED LACQUER SCABBARD
A NAGAMAKI AND A RED LACQUER SCABBARD
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A NAGAMAKI AND A RED LACQUER SCABBARD

MUROMACHI PERIOD (MID-16TH CENTURY), BLADE: SIGNED HIROKANE

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A NAGAMAKI AND A RED LACQUER SCABBARD
MUROMACHI PERIOD (MID-16TH CENTURY), BLADE: SIGNED HIROKANE
Configuration [sugata]: hon-zukuri with iori-mune, saki-zori
Forging pattern [jihada]: itame with running masame, some shirake-utsuri
Tempering pattern [hamon]: hiro-suguba with some notare, deep nie
Tang and shape [nakago and keitai]: ubu (unshortened), two holes mekugi-ana (holes)
Length from tip to beginning of tang [nagasa]: 107.1 cm.
Curvature [sori]: 2 cm.
Width at start of tempered edge [motohaba]: 3.65 cm.
Width before tip [sakihaba]: 2.9 cm.
Collar [habaki]: single copper
In wood storage scabbard [shirasaya]
Mounting [koshirae]: Red lacquer scabbard, the tsuka decorated with hirumaki (banded) in red lacquer, metal fittings, oval tsuba in black lacquer, 214 cm.

‌The mounting accompanied by a Juyo tosogu certificate (Important sword fittings) issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation ofthe Japanese Art Sword), dated 6 November 2018
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During the Nanbokucho period the style of warfare changed from essentially individual combat between well armed groups of mounted samurai, to include conscripts from the farming communities, or ‘kachi-musha’. These soldiers would attack the mounted samurai in groups with arrows from a distance and cutting at the horse’s legs with agricultural instruments to bring their enemy down. Long naginata, swords called ‘o-dachi’, and yari (stabbing and cutting spears) became popular among the samurai. Although naginata were used by samurai in the Heian and Kamakura periods, the use of long bladed swords, naginata, and nagamaki became prevalent during the Nanbokucho and Muromachi periods.
The word naginata can be translated as ‘long cutter’ and applies to curved glaive-like blades mounted on long wooden poles. Nagamaki, or ‘long bound’, applies to long blades mounted on long poles bound with braid like the hilts of normal-length swords. Most existing blades were shortened during the Muromachi period, and the present example maintaining its original condition is very rare. The original lacquer scabbard from Muromachi period is equally rare as there are not many lacquer scabbard like this example are known to exist.

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