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A Ceremonial Sword with openwork grip

Designation Prefecturally-Designated
Classification Sculpture
Designated Date April 26, 1977
Building 1
Address Aza-Koromonoseki,Hiraizumi
Holder Daicho-juin
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Length  52.0cm
Curve (at present condition)  0.6cm

The sword is simple, wide and almost straight, slightly curved.
The tang of sword is curved at the border.
It has a curled fernfrond ornament on the hilt. At the central ridge of the tang is covered with an openwork design, with a hole for hanging at the tip. This tang meant a handle itself, and is different from other swords which inserted into wooden handle grip.
The whole body rusted, and has kuikomi
A part of the sword body was sharpened, and shows particular phase. The pattern of the sword body is unclear.
It is the work of early Heian period, and a very unique and precious example, during the transition period of swords from the straight one to the curved one. It is said to be the possession of Akuro-O, one of a headman in Ezo.