Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade for a Double-Edged Sword (Ken)

mid–late17th century
Steel, wood, lacquer
L. of blade 37 5/16 in. (94.8 cm); L. of cutting edge 27 7/16 in. (69.7 cm)
Sword Blades
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on tang of the blade: 法城寺和泉守橘正次 (Hōjō-ji Izumi no Kami Tachibana no Masatsugu) (Hōjō-ji Tachibana no Masatsugu, Governor of Izumi Province)

Hojoji Izumi [-no-] kami Tachibana Masatsugu [F. name] [ title ] [Clan name] [Given name]

Honami and Murotsu, in Toko Soran, p. 262, says, Artist lived in the Kyoho era (17116-1735).
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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