Katana Blades

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Title

Katana Blades

Subject

Arts
Samurai, katana

Description

Leftmost: This blade, somewhat shorter than the typical katana, was forged by Musashi daijo Tadahiro. Blades from school he founded, known as Hizen to, are characterized by a fine itame (woodgrain) surface and temper lines that are either straight (suguha) or have irregular clove" shapes (choji midare), as on this blade. Middle: Echizen no kami Sukehiro was apprenticed to the Osaka swordsmitch Tsuda Sukehiro; he was adopted by his teacher and inherited his name. At first Sukehiro made temper lines with irregular ""clove"" shapes (choji midare), like those of his teacher, but eventually he pioneered a beautiful and distinctive style of temper line reminiscent of the shape of ocean waves known as toran midare, as can be seen on ths example. Rightmost: (Momoyama Period) This fine example of Masahiro's work, typical of the Momoyama-period blade, is wide with a slight curve and large point. It has an itame (woodgrain) surface texture, and the temper line consists of small undulat

Creator

Masashi daijo Tadahiro; Tsuda Sukehiro; Masahiro

Source

aaaaaaYoshiaki Shimizu, ed., "Japan: The Shaping of Daimyo Culture 1185-1868" Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1988, pl. 175-7.

Contributor

Woudenberg, Annie
St. Olaf College

Rights

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only.

Format

Image/jpg

Type

Still image

Identifier

soc000676

Coverage

Japan
Japan - Edo-Tokugawa 1615 - 1868

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

323 w x 768 h, 72 ppi

Files

https://s3.amazonaws.com/omeka-net/9473/archive/files/c884bb8831c8912a20acbe6b209a64bf.jpg

Collection

Citation

Masashi daijo Tadahiro; Tsuda Sukehiro; Masahiro, “Katana Blades,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed December 14, 2017, http://www.ideasproject.org/items/show/1508.