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  • Place of origin:

    Osaka (made)

  • Date:

    1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kunihisa (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Forged steel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Japanese long sword (‘katana’) was made and signed by Kunihisa of Osaka and dated ‘a day in the fourth month of Taisho XI’, the equivalent to April 1922. The blade shows heavy wood-grain (‘mokume’) patterning from the forging and tempering process. The sword is one of two given to the Museum by Edward, Prince of Wales from 1911 to 1936 (later briefly Edward VIII and then, after his abdication and marriage to Mrs Simpson, Duke of Windsor), for whom it was forged. The sword is presumed to have been made for the Prince of Wales at the time of his visit to Japan in 1922.

Physical description

Japanese long sword (katana)

Place of Origin

Osaka (made)


1922 (made)


Kunihisa (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Forged steel

Marks and inscriptions

1) Signature; Japanese

A day in the fourth month of Taisho 11
Equivalent to 1922
Date; Japanese


Arms & Armour


East Asia Collection

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