Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Swordsmith:
Blade inscribed by Masatoshi (Japanese, active early 17th century)
Date:
blade, 17th century; mounting, 19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), dark red copper (hiirodō)
Dimensions:
L. 24 15/16 in. (63.4 cm); L. of cutting edge 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm); D. of curvature 1/8 in. (0.3 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1752a–d
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 越中守政俊 (Etchū no Kami Masatoshi) (Masatoshi, the Governor of Etchū Province).
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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