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Sword (Akabane Sword)

Area Art
Collection name  
Age The late Kamakura period
Note : The Kamakura period (1185-1333)
Century The late 13th century to the early 14th century
Pronunciation of the creator’s name  
Date (year, month, day)  
Year (Christian Era)  
Volume One item
Size 70.9 long


After Japan’s surrender in 1945, the Allied forces requisitioned Japanese swords that Japanese Owned. This sword was one of them. Because they were held at the U.S. 8th Army Weapons Depot at Akabane, Kita Ward, Tokyo, they are referred to as the Akabane Swords. Approximately 5,500 Akabane swords that were recognized to have aesthetic beauty were handed over to Japan side in 1947. Of these, approximately 1,100 swords whose previous owners could be identified were returned from 1955 to 1964. Until recently, swords whose previous owners could not be identified were kept by the Tokyo National Museum. However, they came to be possessed by the national government after the start of the Heisei period. In 1999, 3,209 swords were presented to public museums and other facilities across the country to make them open to the public. 10 swords are donated/given to our museum.

This sword can be considered to have been created in the southeastern part of the current Okayama prefecture in the late Kamakura period.

(The Second Collection of Works in the Possession of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, 2002, a piece of writing by Kanako Konno was partially modified)