Image: Shirase Sword with Scabbards E76356

Shirase Sword with Scabbards E76356

Sword of Lieutenant Nobu Shirase, donated to the Australian Museum in 1979.


Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


The sword was made by Mutsu no Kaneyasu, a master swordsmith who worked in the period 1600-1650. He produced this sword in Osaka (Settsu no Kuni) in 1644-48. Mutsu no Kami Kaneyasu engraved his name on the sword with a mirror image signature where the characters were inscribed backwards.


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