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Aikuchi-Mounted Wakizashi

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1800: Item # 899090

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Flying Cranes Antiques Ltd.
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An aikuchi -mounted wakizashi with matched copper-patinated fittings, the cap (fushi) and pommel (kashira) executed in textured low relief. Its hilt (tsuka) is wrapped in black braid, the shakudo menuki formed as persimmons. The brown -lacquered scabbard (saya) with pine-needle hatching and irridescent flakes of aogai includes split kogai and kozuka knife. Rendered with sparrows- in flight over a lake with boat, the fittings are executed in high relief with detailing in gold, shakudo and copper. The unsigned blade, dating from the Shinto Period, has a straight-edged tempered line and is in very good condition. Together, blade and koshirae (fittings), present a fine sword aesthetically pleasing and historically valuable, an admirable addition to any sword maven's collection.