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Blade and Mounting for a Dagger (Tantō)

Date:
blade, 15th century; mounting, 18th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, silver, iron, horn, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), leather
Dimensions:
L. 13 7/16 in. (34.2 cm); L. of cutting edge 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.1365a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Signature: Tang of blade signed: Hachiman Daibosatsu Ryakai.

Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 八幡大菩薩了戒 (Hachiman Dai-Bosatsu Ryōkai).
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