Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade and Mounting for a Slung Sword (Tachi)

Swordsmith:
Blade inscribed by Kiyomitsu (Japanese, active in Osafune, Bizen province, early 16th century)
Date:
blade dated 1533; mounting, 19th century
Geography:
Okayama Prefecture
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, leather, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, iron copper
Dimensions:
L. 38 5/16 in. (97.3 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:
36.25.1694a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Signature: Signed on the blade: Kiyomitsu of Osafune, Bizen province 1533; on the sword guard: Hirokuni.

Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 備州長船清光作 (Bishū Osafune Kiyomitsu Saku) (Made by Kiyomitsu, Osafune, Bizen Province [present-day Okayama Prefecture]); on the reverse: 天文二年八月日 (Tenbun ni-nen hachi-gatsu hi) (Second year of Tenbun [1533], eighth month, day).
Ex. coll.: George C. Stone, New York, no. 2591.George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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