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Blade and Mounting for a Sword (Katana)

Swordsmith:
Blade inscribed by Tadahiro (second generation) (Japanese, active mid-17th century)
Date:
blade, dated 1632; mounting, 19th century
Geography:
Saga Prefecture
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), dark red copper (hiirodō)
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1751a, b
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 [1636], second month, auspicious day).
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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