A Mounted Dagger, or Tanto, 19th century

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Item ref: 4270

  • Late Edo or Meiji Period, Japan
  • Steel, lacquer, polychrome, rayskin, silk cord, silver, gold
  • 47 cm (overall length)

Provenance:

Private collection, United Kingdom

The blade of this tanto is chiselled with three bonji, and the ura shows an image of Fudo Myo-o standing on a rock, and signed [. . .]hiro saku. The saya is finished in polished black lacquer with a very fine dusting of kinpun lacquer; the lower half is decorated with chrysanthemums in polychrome togidashi maki-e. The tsuka (hilt) is covered in same(rayskin) with lozenge pattern wrapping. The dagger’s metal fittings are all en suite and silver chiselled with a mass of chrsyanthemums with gilt details; the menukimodelled shows chrysanthemum blossoms floating on water.

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