Life Taking Sword


12 1/4″ W x 43″ H Japanese Scroll
by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase


Life Taking Sword in Japanese is 殺人剣 which is read satsujinken

The Japanese phrase satsujinken means Life Taking Sword and refers to the use of a sword with the purpose of taking a life. In contrast the phrase katsujinken refers to the use of a sword to protect or save a life. satsujinken is composed of the kanji 殺人 (read satsujin) meaning “killer; murderer” and 剣 ken3. Hence another translation may be “Killing Sword”.

Note that the Japanese word satsujin is often translated as murder but this is not strictly correct as satsujin only means “kill a person” which includes murder but it also may mean killing someone evil or killing someone in defense of oneself, one’s family or one’s country – so it does not have the strictly negative meaning that the word “murder” has.

About The Art: This beautiful hand brushed scroll by Master Takase is personally created at the time of your order and proudly bears her seal and signature. We exclusively import this high-quality scroll with brown silk borders and fine Japanese paper from one of the finest scroll makers in Nara Japan. This is not a print but is hand brushed to match the sample as closely as possible. This is a personal work of art that is designed to last generations.

Delivery: The scroll is completed and shipped within 1-3 business days and arrives ready to display.