An Exquisite Dagger, or Tanto, Meiji period

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Item ref: 3793

  • Japan
  • Steel, silver, gold, wood and copper alloy
  • 43.5 cm / 17.13 in


Private collection, USA

The blade is yori mune and hira zukuri, with no central ridge line, the narrow hamon suguba and ko maru boshi, slightly turned back at the kissaki. It is chiselled with a horimono depicting the standing figure of Fudo Myō-ō with flaming mandala,matching bonji on the reverse, is pierced with two holes

for the mekugi, and signed Kanesada 包貞, after the renowned early Edō smith. It is fitted with a copper alloy habaki with asilver section decorated with cat scratches. The mounting is in aikuchi 合口 (guardless) style. The tsuka is of wood coveredwith same and bound with brown silk braid, fitted with a pommel cap kabuto-gane of shibuichi (silver alloy) carved in the form of a tiger with gold

stripes crouched on a textured rock. The menuki of shakudo in the form of tigers clinging to the hilt,

set with gold stripes. The saya is of wood covered in black lacquer speckled with gold, and decorated overall with bamboo. The kurigata and koiguchi are of silver alloy matching the hilt fittings and decorated with small shakudo and gold tigers the kojiri of a large, seated tiger signed Haruaki春明, referring to Kōnō Haruaki, the famous late Edō maker of sword fittings. Set in a pocketis a kogatana

signed Bizen kuni Osafune Toshi– 備前国長船住藤原寿 , perhaps for Toshimitsu, 寿光, a nineteenth century member of the Tanaka-Tōryusai school of Edō.