Edo Period Tanto Chato
Item #: WR754
This is a Chato (Tea Sword) or Chagatana/Bokuto from the Edo period somewhere around the early 1800's time period. These carved wood Chato's were designed for doctor's, poets, scholars and other non combatants of the Samurai culture. The doctors were not allowed to carry an actual sword, since their role was in the preserving of life, not taking it. They carried these Chato's as a symbol of their rank and their loyalty to the Lord of their domain. This one measures 19 3/4" in length and is 1 1/8" at the widest point. This one is carved to resemble a Tonto. It is all one piece, and it does not present the image that the Tsuka(handle) can be removed from the Saya (scabbard). The handle is not wrapped in a marine skin, nor does it have a Menuki (ornaments). A purple Sageo (cord) is wound around the saya. The entire Tonto is a reddish/brown color. This Chato has been personalized with Heian poetry inlaid in silver on both sides with a gold inlaid signature. There is also writing in red paint on both sides above the Sageo and on one spot on the narrow flat just above the cord. I wish I could tell you what it said, but unfortunately I can't read it. If you have an antique Japanese collection, particularly a Samurai collection, this Chato is a must for you!
Your Price $600.00 USD
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