Legend - Muramasa Myoho Rengekyo Koshirae
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Sword Rack for 2 Swords - Black Matte Finish
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Muramasa was a famous swordsmith who founded the Muramasa school and lived during the Muromachi period and considered a most skillful smith but a violent and ill-balanced mind verging on madness, that was supposed to have passed into his blades. Muramasa's swords fell out of favor with the Japanese government when Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun, establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate, in 1603. It is said that Ieyasu had lost many friends and relatives to Muramasa blades and had cut himself badly with one, so he forbade his samurai to wield blades made by Muramasa. This contributed even more to the Muramasa legend and led to many plays and dramas in Japanese literature featuring the blades. Due to the stigma attached to them, many Muramasa blades had their signature changed or removed. Since opponents of the Tokugawa Shoguns would often wish to acquire Muramasa blades, forgeries of Muramasa blades were also often made.
This Muramasa Myoho Rengekyo Koshirae features the characteristic Nakago(tang)-shaped Menuki with the inscription of Muramasa's signature, reading "Muramasa" on the front and "Myoho Rengekyo(Lotus Sutra)" on the back. The Muramasa's famous Hamon has been beautifully reproduced on the extra wide zinc/alluminum alloy blade. For the fitting ornaments, the gold-colored Sakura(cherry blossoms) themes are featured: In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize the transience of the rich blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death and is often associated with mortality that is also connected with the Buddhistic metaphor.
A sand-casted, reinforced zinc/aluminum alloy extra wide blade with reproduction of Muramasa's Hamon
Single grooved Hi
Approximately 910 gram without the Saya(for 2.50 Shaku)
Black coton Tsuka Hinerimaki wrapping over stingray skin
Blackened brass Fuchi/Kashira with gold-plated Sakura(cherry blossoms) theme
Blackened Mokko-shaped iron Tsuba gold-plated Sakura(cherry blossoms) theme
Brass-made, Nakago-shaped Menuki with engraved signature "Muramasa/Myoho Rengekyo"
Black gloss Saya
Handmade in Japan
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