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kyū guntō (officer’s sword with scabbard)
  • Japan
  • kyū guntō (officer’s sword with scabbard), circa 1883-circa 1945
  • Where object was made: Tokyo, Japan
  • metal, wood, wire, ribbon, incising, carving
  • Object Length: a 95 cm
    Object Length: a 37 3/8 in
    Object Length: b 85 cm
    Object Length: b 33 7/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3527.a,b

The sword (2007.3527.a) has a silvertone blade and possibly a brass handle. The carved wooden handle is wrapped with wire at regular intervals, and encased down one side with a brass sheath. The sheath is decorated with a five petaled flower on either side of the handle with another near the end, and is further decorated with leaves. The guard is decorated with small flowers and leaves with some of the negative space cut out. There is a small hook on the side of the guard that corresponds to the blunted side of the blade.

The scabbard (2007.3527.b) is silvertone metal. It has a small projection at the tip. There is a ridge at the opening and another a few inches from the opening. The second ridge has a metal ring with a red ribbon through it.