Mete Zashi

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Koto blade, hira zukuri, torii zori, hamon gunome midare, Ko itame hada.

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Description

Koto blade, hira zukuri, torii zori, hamon gunome midare, Ko itame hada. Nagasa 30 cm. The blade is mumei.
Koshirae in brown lacquer decorated with prunus blossoms in gold takamakie and silver inlays, and bamboo leaves in togidashi makie on the handle. Nineteenth century’s silver fittings decorated with plants.
The position of the kogatana of a mete zashi is reversed compared to the one of a tanto. This sword was worn on the right side of the body with point facing forwards.
The words mete zashi mean literally «hand to the horse» that is to say the right hand with which the reins of a horse were usually held. The reason it was worn this way seems to be that in body-to-body combat, a sword placed in such a way was easier to unsheathe than in the standard position.

Period
Late Edo
Lenght
44 cm

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