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Inscription; Harima-no-Daijō Fujiwara no Shigetaka/Echizen jū

  • Japan Edo period, 17th century
  • Iron
  • blade l: 37.8cm h: 0.3cm
  • [80164]

The temper pattern over the well-forged fine-grained iron base suggests loose waves. The highly decorative wakizashi sword has a dragon carved in exquisite openwork at the base of the blade. The name of the first-generation Fujiwara no Shigetaka (dates unknown) appearing in the inscription refers to a swordsmith who was active in the early Edo period.

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