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Hoso-dachi sword mounting with maki-e design of Gyoyo crests

Unknown17th-19th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This sword mounting was used in certain ceremonies. It is called “hoso-dachi” (slender sword), because it is thinner than the one used as a weapon, and also its fittings are smaller than the ones of formal decorated swords.
The all-metal fittings of the sword have Yasurime patterns marked by a file on the gold surfaces. Four straw ricebag-shaped rivets are attached on each side of the hilt. The leather strap of the hilt is dyed with deep blue.
The sheath is decorated with Gyoyo crests in flat gold Maki-e design on the gold aventurine lacquer. The belt fixture is made of leather attached with seven gold clasps.

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  • Title: Hoso-dachi sword mounting with maki-e design of Gyoyo crests
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 17th-19th century, Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 96.5 cm (sheath), 22.4 cm (hilt)
  • Type: Arms & Armour

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