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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

blade, 19th century; mounting, 19th century
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), thread, silver
L. 31 1/16 in. (78.9 cm); L. of blade 27 1/16 in. (68.8 cm); L. of cutting edge 21 in. (53.4 cm); D. of curvature 11/16 in. (1.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 井上真改 (Inoue Shinkai); on the reverse: (菊紋)延宝五年八月日 ((Kiku mon) Enpō go-nen hachi-gatsu hi) ([Chrysanthemum crest] fifth year of Enpō [1677], eighth month, day); on the hilt collar, knife handle, and hairdressing tool: 政美 (Masayoshi).
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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