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In these textures lies an extraordinary and unique feature of the sword - the steel itself possesses an intrinsic beauty. The Japanese sword has been appreciated as an art object since its perfection some time during the tenth century AD. Fine swords have been more highly prized than lands or riches, those of superior quality being handed down from generation to generation. In fact, many well-documented swords, whose blades are signed by their makers, survive from nearly a thousand years ago. Recognizable features of the blades of hundreds of schools of sword-making have been punctiliously recorded, and the study of the sword is a guide to the flow of Japanese history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714124193
ISBN-10: 0714124192
Format: Paperback
(276mm x 219mm x mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Victor Harris

Victor Harris recently retired as Keeper of the Department of Japanese Antiquities in the British Museum. He is a world expert on Japanese swords and is the author of Shinto: The Sacred Art of Ancient Japan and Japanese Imperial Craftsmen and co-author of Swords of the Samural and Japanese Art: Masterpieces in the British Museum.