29 March 2005
Signed Fujiwara Yoshitsugu saku, Muromachi period (16th century)
Sugata [configuration]:honzukuri, iori-mune, chu-kissaki, sakizori
Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame with jinie, masame on shinogiji
Hamon [tempering pattern]: wide gunome midare and togariba of ko-nie, ashi
Boshi [tip]: ko-midare
Horimono [carving]: kurikara on omote, koshibi on ura
Nakago [tang]: ubu, machiokuri, two holes
Habaki [collar]: single, gilt copper
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]
Koshirae [set of mounts]: comprising a broad, ribbed aogai lacquer saya with chrysanthemums, the upper part narrow with ribbed black lacquer; matching silvered-fuchi-kashira and kojiri with chrysanthemums on waves; gilt dragon menuki; mokko shibuichi tsuba with chrysanthemums in a stream with gilt details and silver rim, signed Ihosai Minkoku and with kao (cursive monogram), the hilt with a black leather band; 86.5cm. long
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 56.6cm.
Sori [curvature]: 1.7cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 3cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 2cm.
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The Museum of Japanese Sword Fittings, Tokyo, "Shinshun tokubetsu ten busho to aito ten" (Special spring exhibition, warriors and their favorite swords), 2001.1
The Museum of Japanese Sword Fittings, ed., Shinshun tokubetsu ten, busho to aito ten (Special spring exhibition, warriors and their favorite swords), exh. cat. (Tokyo: Museum of Japanese Sword Fittings, 2001), no. 10, p. 15.
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