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Hunting Sword and Scabbard

hilt, ca. 1700; blade, ca. 1700–1725
hilt, Japanese, made for the European market
Steel, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, wood, ray skin
Credit Line:
Gift of Jean Jacques Reubell, in memory of his mother, Julia C. Coster, and of his wife, Adeline E. Post, both of New York City, 1926
Accession Number:
26.145.260a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
The European taste for Asian designs and materials was particularly strong in the early eighteenth century. European-style sword hilts made of shakudō, an alloy of copper and gold that was popular in Japan for sword fittings, appear to have been made at Deshima for the Dutch East India Company, which exported them to Holland to be fitted out with European blades.
Arms & Horse trappings. Moscow, 1989. p. 21.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 54–55, 64.

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