A Shinto daisho
By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682
The katana blade of shinogi form, with distinct sori, broad suguba with slight gunome, of nie and nioi with some sunagashi, tight itame-hada; the ubu-nakago with kiri-yasuri and one mekugi-ana, signed and dated Hizen no kuni ju, Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, Tenna ninen ki harunohi onsono ni oite kore wo tsukuru; the wakizashi blade of shinogi-zukuri form with shallow zori, broad ko-midare-ha of nie and nioi with choji-ashi, tight itame-hada; the ubu-nakago with kiri-yasuri and one mekugi-ana, signed Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro; both blades in shirasaya with sayagaki by Sato Kanzan, with koshirae: the saya of roiro lacquer; shakudo Hizen tsuba of oval form, carved in relief with simulated European letters among figures, fantastic animals and exotic plants, signed Hirado no ju Kunishige; the kozuka, kogai and fuchi-gashira of shakudo nanako with kiri-mon in gilt takazogan, unsigned. The katana blade 69.9cm (27½in) long; the wakizashi blade 48.5cm (19 1/8in) long. (8).