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刀(Katana) / 無名(Mumei) 平高田(Taira Takada)

保存刀剣鑑定(Hozon Kantei)

衛府太刀拵(Eifu Tachi Koshirae)

特別貴重認定(Tokubetsu Kicho)


Takada(高田) was renowned for its sword forging from the Kamakura Period through the end of the Edo Period. During the Muromachi Period (1333-1573 A.D.), swords crafted in Takada were referred to as Taira-Takada(平高田) swords. The Takada school was founded by Takada Tomoyuki(友行) in the village of Takada, Oita Prefecture, during the Nanbokucho period, between 1334 and 1338. Takada Tomoyuki traveled to Bizen Province (modern-day Okayama Prefecture) to master the sword-forging techniques of Bizen, then returned to the village to teach his apprentices.

Nagasa : 61.6cm Motohaba : 26.5mm Sakihaba : 17.5mm Kasane : 5.5mm Sori : 2.9cm

The Eifu tachi koshirae(衛府太刀拵) is a style of mounting originally used by military officials during the Nara Period. Later, it was elaborated for ceremonial use and became highly decorative. This particular mounting features an elegant design, with Kamon(Japanese family crests) painted on a scabbard with a ground of gold powder sprinkled over it.

The Sakakibara clan (Japanese: 榊原氏, Hepburn: Sakakibara-shi) was a Japanese samurai clan who rose to prominence during the Edo period under the Tokugawa shogunate.

Before the Meiji Restoration, the clan served as daimyō of Takada Domain in Echigo Province. The Sakakibara were one of the four families who enjoyed the privilege of providing a regent during the minority of a Shōgun.


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