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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Date:
blade, 19th century; mountings, 19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), leather, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)
Dimensions:
L. 27 7/16 in. (69.7 cm); L. of blade 25 3/16 in. (63.9 cm); L. of cutting edge 19 1/16 in. (48.4 cm); D. of curvature 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number:
91.2.50
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the the knife handle (kozuka): 晴甫斎定常(花押) (Seihōsai Sadatsune (kaō)); on the sword guard (tsuba): 驪風堂政随 (Rifūdō Shōzui).
Brayton C. Ives, New York (until 1891; his sale, American Art Galleries, New York, March 9, 1891 and following days, to Walters); W. T. Walters, New York (1891; his gift to MMA).
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