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>>1702 Edo samurai
>>>swords
>>>>daisho, tachi
Subjectsamurai warrior
Culture: Japanese
Setting: Edo period, Japan 17th-mid 19thc
Objectdaisho paired long katana & short wakizashi sabers; tachi slung saber








* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Mounting for a Daishō Gold, shakudō, lacquer, wood and silk  Edo period, 19th century"

"Sword Stand  Lacquered wood, decorated in gold and silver  Edo period, 18th century"


* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor 
"[below] Mounting for a Katana  Shakudō, gold lacquered wood, ray skin, silk
Meiji period, late 19th-early 20th century"


* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Mounting for a Sword (KatanaGold, shakudōshibuichi, lacquered wood, coral, silver, ray skin, whalebone
Fittings inscribed by Kazunori (1824-1876)  Edo period, 19th century"


* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Blade for a Sword (Katana)  Steel  Inscribed by Tadahiro (second generation)  Momoyama period, dated 1636"
"Mounting for a Katana  Fittings of shakudō, gold, shibuichi; scabbard of lacquered wood; handle of wood, ray skin, silk  
Edo period, late 18th-early 19th century"


* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Blade for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)  Steel  Inscribed by Masatoshi  Momoyama period, early 17th century"
"Mounting for Wakizashi Fittings of shakudō, gold, shibuichi; scabbard of lacquered wood; handle of wood, ray skin, silk  
Edo period, late 18th-early 19th century"


* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor 
"[below] Mounting for a Tachi
Silver, gold, leather, lacquered wood, textile
Edo period, 19th century"


* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Sword Stand Lacquered wood
Edo period, 19th century"

"Mounting for a Slung Sword (Tachi)
Shakudō, gold, lacquered wood, ray skin, silk
Fittings attributed to Gōtō Renjō (1628-1708)  Edo Period, 17th century (scabbard, 19th century)
The decoration of the sword guard (tsuba) and scabbard incorporates the apricot blossom badge of the Nabeshima family, daimyo of northern Kyushu."


* Royal Ontario Museum > Takamado Gallery of Japan
"Montage à Tachi (sabre suspendu)  Bois laqué à décor maki-e en or, garnitures en argent
v. 1861, époque Edo
Le sabre tachi, commun entre le Xe et le XVe siècle, se portait suspendu par un cordon, le tranchant dirigé vers le bas.  Le sabre katana (porté le tranchant vers le haut) supplanta le tachi à l'époque Edo (1603-1868).  Le tachi devint alors un sabre de cérémonie.
"Ce petit tachi purrait avoir été fabriqué pour un jeune samourai de haut rang.  Il est monté selon le style kenuki-gata, nommé ainsi en raison de ses ornements de poignée en forme de pincettes. ..."


* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Armor (Tatami Gusoku)" ...




* Tropenmuseum > Nederlands-Indië





* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Armor for a Mounted Samurai" ...



* Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art > Weapons and Warriors: The Art of Armaments
"Japanese Katana  
metal, fabric, 
c.1840  ...
This Katana with an early Choshu style tsuba, the plate guard of a Japanese sword, has a dragon motif."


* Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art > Weapons and Warriors: The Art of Armaments
"Japanese Katana
metal, wood"  ...

* Harwood International > Samurai Collection
"Tachi (sword)  Late Edo period, 19th century  Iron, enamel, silk cord, gold, leather ...
In popular imagination the sword is the most prominent symbol of the samurai.  Japanese blades, with their perfect balance of strength and suppleness, are considered to be the finest in the world.  They are made with reverent precision reminiscent of religious ceremony.  In certain families, these techniques have been passed down for close to one thousand years.
"The scabbard for this blade is enameled with a delicate chrysanthemum pattern, the imperial flower of Japan."
"Katanazutsu (sword case) Mid Edo period, 18th century  Wood, lacquer, mother-of-pearl ...
Katanazutsu (sword case)  Mid Edo period, 18th century  Wood, lacquer, mother-of-pearl ...
These ornate katanazutsu were used by high-ranking samurai to transport their sheathed swords.  Both cases are encrusted with aogai wherein mother-of-pearl is incorporated into the lacquer."


* Museu do Oriente
"ESPADA JAPONESA (KATANA)  Japão, periodo Meiji (1868-1912), final do século XIXAço, bambu, fibra téxtil, pele de raia ...A espada tradicional (katana), com a guarda-mão (tsuba) em forma de crisãntemo, é uma arma utilizada como elemento distintivo dos oficiais do exército imperial, criado durante a restauração Meiji (1868), a maioria oriunda da classe dos samurais, fiéis ao código de conduta bushido."


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