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Blade and Mounting for a Dagger (Tantō)

Swordsmith:
Blade inscribed by Kuniyoshi (Japanese, active ca. 1525)
Fittings maker:
Fittings inscribed by Toshimasa (Japanese, active 19th century)
Fittings maker:
Scabbard inscribed by Kajikawa (Japanese, 1652–1724)
Date:
blade, dated 1525; mounting, 19th century
Geography:
probably Gifu; Tokyo
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold, lacquer, rayskin (samé), silk, abalone shell, silver
Dimensions:
L. 17 in. (43.2 cm); L. of blade 13 7/16 in. (34.2cm); L. of cutting edge 10 1/16 in. (25.6 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number:
91.2.54
Not on view
Kajikawa, a famous nineteenth-century lacquer artist, occasionally collaborated in making sword mountings.
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 助重 (Suke[shige?]); on the scabbard: 梶川作(朱花押) (Kajikawa saku) (Made by Kajikawa [cinnabar monogram]); on Pommel cap and hilt cooar (fuchi-gashira): 桑老斉江川利政(花押) (Furōsai Egawa Toshimasa (kaō)); on the knife handle (kozuka): 桑老斉江川利政(花押) (Furōsai Egawa Toshimasa (kaō)); on sword guard (tsuba): 江川利政(花押) (Egawa Toshimasa (kaō)).
Ex. coll: Ives (cat. no. 384).
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