University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameKatana
Object Number:88-16-162A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Japanese
Provenience: Japan
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Lacquer
Steel
Gilt
Silk
Metal
Ray Skin (uncertain)
Leather (uncertain)
Technique:Lacquered
Openwork
Iconography:Rabbit
Inscription Language:Japanese Language
Credit Line:Received from various sources, pre-1988
Other Number:SWORD # 4 - Other Number

Description

Long sword, or Katana, in black lacquer sheath. The sword handle is wrapped with black silk braid; on the end is a metal cap decorated with a rabbit, symbol of agility. The round, iron, tsuba, or sword guard, is modelled with an openwork dragon, partially covered by swirling clouds. The guard is signed, "Kinai of Echizen province" (越前住記内作), most likely referring to a craftsman of the Kinai school.


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