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Shirase sword

Seventeenth century Japanese samurai sword presented by Lieutenant Nobu Shirase, the leader of the Japanese Polar Expedition, to Professor Edgeworth David as a gesture of friendship and thanks for his support during the expedition's stay in Sydney from May-November 1911. In 1979 the sword was presented to the Australian Museum by Mary David, the professor's daughter. The sword was made by Mutsu no Kami Kaneyasu, a master swordsmith who worked in the period 1600-1650. 

Owned by
1910 - 1911
Owned by
1911 - 1934
Owned by
1979 -