Japanese dagger named Tanto, dating back to the early years of the Meiji Era. From a private collection. This is one of the weapons that Samurai warriors used to carry, along with wakizashi and kodachi. It was used in harakiri rituals.
You can appreciate the fine carvings on the bone, representing scenes with courtesans and noblemen, with certain parts marked in black to highlight the images. It is a rarity and made in an exquisite taste. It must have belonged to a nobleman or a powerful person.
Small traces of polychrome decorations in red are visible in certain parts. There appears to be some black mineral, perhaps onyx, set at the ends.
The blade has no traces of rust and you can see the yellow metal finish near the handle.
Insured shipping, well-packaged and to a designated pick-up point.
- Bone, Brass, onyx, Steel
- Meiji period (1868-1912)
- Region/ Country of origin
- Theme/ depiction
- Scenes of nobles of the court
- Good condition, see description
- 3×3×48 cm