shirasaya; Japanese sword mountings. ... Koshirae (拵え) refers to the ornate mountings of a Japanese sword (e.g. katana) used when the sword blade is being worn by its owner, whereas the shirasaya is a plain undecorated wooden mounting composed of a saya and tsuka that the sword blade is stored in when not being used.
A SUPERB 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD IVORY CASED SAMURAI SWORD exceptionally carved all over with figures within interiors and landscapes, flanked by insects upon an textured ground. 3ft 1ins long.