• Tachi with Scabbard

    Technique:
    forged, carved, engraved, damascened with gold
    Dimensions:
    total length: 101,2 cm; blade length: 73,0 cm

Tachi with Scabbard

Japan, 1866

A tachi (太刀) was a type of traditionally made Japanese sword (nihonto) worn by the samurai class of feudal Japan. This example has all the characteristic features of such pieces, with its massive, slightly curved blade, its hand protector in the form of an oval iron plate and a long handle. In terms of its decoration it was obviously intended for parade or official use; such ceremonial sabres were called Tachi. In the decoration of both the handle and the scabbard, use is made of traditional Japanese motifs - vegetable ornament which includes chrysanthemums (the imperial coat-of-arms). In the inscription on part of the blade hidden by the handle, there is a carved inscription indicating that the sabre was made in 1866 by Nobuhide for the governor of Tikudzen Province. Later the sabre was presented to the future Russian Emperor Nicholas II during his visit to Japan as part of a oriental countries tour in 1890 to 1891.

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Tachi with Scabbard

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Belonged to Grand Prince Nikolai Alexandrovich (the future Emperor Nicholas II)

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Technique:

forged, carved, engraved, damascened with gold

Dimensions:

total length: 101,2 cm; blade length: 73,0 cm

Inventory Number:

В.О.-2586

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