The Resource Cutting edge : Japanese swords in the British Museum, Victor Harris

Cutting edge : Japanese swords in the British Museum, Victor Harris

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Cutting edge : Japanese swords in the British Museum
Title
Cutting edge
Title remainder
Japanese swords in the British Museum
Statement of responsibility
Victor Harris
Title variation
Japanese swords in the British Museum
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In no other culture has the sword been developed to such a level of technological excellence and attained such a position of spiritual importance as in Japan. As a cutting weapon, the fully developed curved sword of the samurai is extremely effective. Complex traditional methods of forging, conducted according to the ancient precepts of reverence and cleanliness of the Shinto religion, impart these special qualities, producing countless varying hues and patterns in the crystalline structures of the steel. 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. Well-documented swords, whose blades are signed by their makers, survive from nearly a thousand years ago, making the study of the sword a guide to the flow of Japanese history." "This book catalogues over 160 swords and mountings dating back as far as the fourteenth century, arranged chronologically by school or province of maker. Blades are shown complete and many also in detail using specially commissioned digital photography. The introduction, which traces the historical development of the Japanese sword, is illustrated with a selection of prints, paintings and screens, together with detailed drawings explaining the various shapes and types of sword. Also provided is a comprehensive glossary of Japanese terms as well as a list of present-day place names. Book jacket."--Jacket
Cataloging source
LKR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harris, Victor
Dewey number
739.7/220952
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
NK6784.A1
LC item number
H37 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Swords
  • Samurai
  • Samurai
  • Swords
  • Japan
Label
Cutting edge : Japanese swords in the British Museum, Victor Harris
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Publication
Note
Catalogue of an exhibition held at the British Museum, September 2004 to March 2005
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 159)
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
160 pages
Isbn
9780804836807
Lccn
2004116151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)61186113
  • 1226647
  • (OCoLC)ocm61186113
  • 1226647
Label
Cutting edge : Japanese swords in the British Museum, Victor Harris
Link
Publication
Note
Catalogue of an exhibition held at the British Museum, September 2004 to March 2005
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 159)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
160 pages
Isbn
9780804836807
Lccn
2004116151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)61186113
  • 1226647
  • (OCoLC)ocm61186113
  • 1226647

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