Room 10

Sword fittings 刀装具

Case 1

In the Edo period (1603-1868), sword mountings consisted of a pommel (kashira 頭), a guard (tsuba 鐔), and a hilt collar (fuchi 緣); two small ornaments, the menuki 目貫, placed on either side of the hilt and held by the woven silk wrapping, helped provide a better grip. In addition, the scabbard may be equipped with various accessories, such as a short utility knife, the kogatana 小刀, with a decorated handle (kozuka 小柄), as well as a kôgai 笄, a flat, pin-shaped tool.

  1. Sword mounting 金具

    The Seven Gods of Happiness 七福神人

    Signed “Onose Motokazu” with kaô (tsuba) 銘  小野瀬元壽 (花押) (鐔)

    “by imperial command” 奉君命

    Edo period, mid 19th century 江戸末期

  2. Wakizashi mounting 脇差、拵え

    Shakudô nanako and shibuichi, iroe inlay 赤銅魚子四分一地色绘象嵌

    Lacquered wood scabbard 漆木 (鞘)

    Birds and plants 花鳥図

    Signed “Hashimoto Isshi” with kaô 銘  橋本一至 (花押)

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期

  3. Wakizashi mounting 脇差、拵え

    Iron and shibuichi nanako, silver inlay 鉄、四分一魚子地銀象嵌

    Lacquered wood scabbard 漆木 (鞘)

    Tsuba: shakudô and gold 赤銅地金象嵌 (鐔)

    Snow flakes 雪片図

    Signed “Rakuhoku-kyô Ichijô saku” (tsuba) 銘  洛北京一乗作 (鐔)

    Fuchi-kashira: shibuichi and gold 四分一地金象嵌 (緣頭)

    Signed “Natsuo” with kaô 銘  夏雄 (花押) (緣頭)

    19th century 江戸末期~明治初期