An actor as a swordsmith forging a sword. Colour woodcut by Kunisada I, 1858.
- Utagawa, Toyokuni, 1786-1865.
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A sacred rope hangs across the top of the print
The swordsmith kneels at his anvil, holding a sword blade on it with tongs as he prepares to strike it; he wears formal dress appropriate to his rank as a master swordsmith