Japan, mid-Edo period (1603 - 1868) (blade); c. 18th century (koshirae)
Shinogi tsukuri with iori mune, the hamon is part suguha and possibly notare, but hard to clearly identify. Ubu nakago, mumei, with a mekugi-ana, yasurime kiri, kiri jiri.
An iron sukashi tsuba, flat on both sides and with two hitsu, showing an ornamental, abstract motif of the longevity mushroom. Shakudo fuchi and kashira with the finest nanakoji, the motifs in partly gilt takabori depict ten horses in a lively manner. Both menuki show the longevity symbols tsuru (crane) and minogame (turtle). The black lacquer saya has a fine mokume structure.
Dimensions: 62.2 cm (nagasa), 96.7 cm (total length)
Condition: The blade in good general condition with expected wear – minor corrosion and surface scratches throughout. Minor blemishes and the hada difficult to recognize. The koshirae in good condition, however the leather string which keeps the menuki in place has corroded heavily and the menuki has become loose
Provenance: Hungarian private collection