Seven Branch Sword

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  • Japanese: 七支刀 (shichi shi tô)

The Seven Branch Sword is a 4th century iron sword inlaid with kanji writing in gold. Designated a National Treasure and held by Isonokami shrine in Nara prefecture, it is described in the inscription as being a gift to the "king" of Japan (倭王) from the king of the Korean kingdom of Baekche.


  • Gallery labels, "Izumo and Yamato," special exhibition, Tokyo National Museum.