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Blade and Mounting for a Dagger (Tantō)

Date:
blade, 18th century; mounting, 19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)
Dimensions:
L. 22 13/16 in. (57.9 cm); L. of blade 15 1/16 in. (38.2 cm); L. of cutting edge 11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm); D. of curvature 1/8 in. (0.3 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.885
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 重武作 (Shigetake Saku) (Made by Shigetake); on the scabbard, inside the kozuka-hitsu: 應需大邑月潮作之 (Motome ni ōji Ōmura Getchō kore wo tsukuru) (Ōmura Getchō made this to an order); on the knife handle (kozuka): 奈良利勝 (Nara Toshikatsu); on the sword guard (tsuba), obverse: 大月光弘 (Ōtsuki Mitsuhiro); reverse: 文政九丙戌年八月日鐫之 (Bunsei ku hinoe-inu doshi hachi-gatsu hi kore wo hour) (Carved this in the ninth year of Bunsei [1826], hinoe-dog, eighth moth, day).
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