Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Wakizashi and scabbard
Place of origin: Japan
Dated: 18th century 
Materials and Techniques: [Sword] Forged steel; [Scabbard] Lacquered wood, covered in ray skin, with metal fittings of iron and patinated copper
Measurements: [Sword] Length: 28.1 cm blade; [Scabbard] Length: 45.1 cm overall
This is an unusually mounted Japanese companion sword, known as a wakizashi. The scabbard is covered with lacquered rayskin and decorated with what appear to be miscellaneous pieces of sword-fittings (mostly of iron and patinated copper) which have no coherent theme and seem randomly applied. It is possible that they were added to the scabbard after manufacture.

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Wakizashi and scabbard

  • Place of origin: Japan
  • Dated: 18th century 
  • Materials and Techniques: [Sword] Forged steel; [Scabbard] Lacquered wood, covered in ray skin, with metal fittings of iron and patinated copper
  • Measurements: [Sword] Length: 28.1 cm blade; [Scabbard] Length: 45.1 cm overall

This is an unusually mounted Japanese companion sword, known as a wakizashi. The scabbard is covered with lacquered rayskin and decorated with what appear to be miscellaneous pieces of sword-fittings (mostly of iron and patinated copper) which have no coherent theme and seem randomly applied. It is possible that they were added to the scabbard after manufacture.

Source: Copyright: © V&A Images. All Rights Reserved

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