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Tachi (long sword) blade
1984,0723.1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A number of characteristics indicate that this sword was made in Bizen Province in the early Kamakura period: the clove-form hamon (crystalline pattern of the blade edge); the deep curve towards the hilt; the elegant point; and the white wavy utsuri shadow along the blade.

History of the Object
The blade is signed Kageyasu, a name which occurs both in the Osafune and Ichimonji schools of Bizen Province, but the type of blade and style of signature indicate early period work of the Ko-bizen or 'old Bizen' school (late twelfth and early thirteenth century).

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Steel 
Measurements
Length 68.5 cm  
Creator name
Kageyasu 
Creator date
12th Century 
Where it was made
Bizen 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
12th Century 
Function
weapon 
Acquisition
Purchased from Iida Minoru in 1984 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
British Museum 
Credit line
Copyright the Trustees of the British Museum 

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