Blade inscribed by Tadahiro (second generation) (Japanese, active mid-17th century)
blade, dated 1632; mounting, 19th century
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), dark red copper (hiirodō)
L. 38 in. (96.5 cm); L. of cutting edge 26 5/16 in. (66.9 cm); D. of curvature 11/16 in. (1.8 cm)
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 肥前國住藤原忠廣 (Hizen no Kuni jū Fujiwara Tadahiro) (Fujiwara Tadahiro, residing in Hizen Province [present-day Saga Prefecture]); on the reverse: 寛永十三年二月吉日 (Kanei jūsan-nen ni-gatsu kichi-jitsu) (Thirteenth year of Kanei , second month, auspicious day).
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).