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Ishidō Korekazu (1820-91)

Pair of slung swords (itō-maki no tachi) blade signed and dated 1860

Steel, lacquered wood, shakudō, gold, copper alloy, silk with silver and gold thread, leather | 7.8 cm (Width) x 12.8 cm (Depth); 103.1 cm (Length) (whole object) | RCIN 62622

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These swords were almost certainly a diplomatic gift – both are signed by the master swordsmith Ishidō Korekazu, who worked for the shōgun at the capital, Edo. The intricately carved cherry blossom fittings are probably by the Gotō school, official makers to the Tokugawa shogunate.