A later Mihara katana with mounts
Muromachi period (15th-16th century)
The configuration hon-zukuri, iori-mune with a shallow torii-zori and slightly extended kissaki, the forging patten itame mixed with ko-mokume and with a narrow sugu-ba tempered edge and a ko-maru boshi, the omote carved with futatsu-bi and the ura with bo-hi, O-suriage tang with two holes and later file marks; one-piece silver habaki; 28 1/8in (66.4cm) long
Koshirae comprising a saya wrapped in ray skin and lacquered aogai and polished down to reveal the nodes of the ray skin; the tsuka wrapped in blue silk and mounted with gilt-copper menuki of dragons, and gold and shakudo nanako-ji fuchi-gashira with dragons in high-relief; mokko shakudo nanako-ji tsuba with a dragon in clouds in gold taka-zogan
With Hozon Token (Sword worthy of preserving) certificate no. 334459 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (The Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 1994.3.16.
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