Tanto with an o-kozuka blade.
Shinto blade and late Edo mountings.
O-kozuka, hira zukuri, muzori, muji hada, hotsure suguha blade. Bo hi blade.
“Burgauté” lacquer saya with golden flakes, decorated with waves and plovers patterns.
Shakudo and en suite fuchi kashira and kojiri, ciselled and inlayed with gold, decorated with waves and plovers as well. Silver and ring-shaped kurigata, showing a pair of cranes.
Golden menuki shaped like plovers.
Silver kogai, decorated with three flying plovers.
The association of plovers and waves (« nami ni chidori », « a thousand plovers over waves ») is a common pattern in Japanese rats; they symbolize endurance and triumph over adversity.
Cranes (« tsuru ») are symbols of longevity.
The back in the blade is in yasurime and signed Yamashiro no kuni ju Umetada Shigeyoshi.
Nagasa : 21,2cm