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Court sword


Court sword and scabbard, with curved blade of steel, scabbard of wood encrusted in gold with the Tokugawa crest (three hollyhock leaves), with furniture and mounts wrought in egg-roe shakudo, given to John Richard Davidson by the Japanese government: Japan, blade by Fujiwara no Yukihiro, 1661 – 1672, mount 19th century

Museum reference



World Culture

Object name

Court sword, Scabbard

Production information

Japan, East Asia


1661 - 1672
19th century


Steel, Wood, Lacquer, Shakudō


Recipient, donor's son: Davidson, John Richard, 1866 - 1895 (fl.)
Crest: Tokugawa


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