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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Swordsmith:
Blade inscribed by Yokoyama Sukesada (Japanese, active 17th century)
Fittings maker:
Fittings inscribed by Miboku (Japanese, 1695–1769)
Date:
blade, late 17th century; mounting, 19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper, gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), iron
Dimensions:
L. 27 1/16 in. (68.7 cm); L. of blade 23 5/8 in. (60 cm); L. of cutting edge 17 3/4 in.(45.1 cm); D. of curvature 3/8 in. (0.9 cm); L. of knife (kozuka) 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); L. of hair dressing tool (kogai) 8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
36.120.420a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 横山上野大掾藤原祐定 (Yokoyama Kōzuke-daijō Fujiwara no Sukesada) (Yokoyama Sukesada of the Fujiwara Family, the Senior Secretary of Kōzuke Province); on the reverse: 備州長船住人 (Bishū Osafune Jūnin) (Resident of Osafune, Bizen Province [present-day Okayama Prefecture]); on the hilt collar: 行年六十二才乙桺軒味墨(花押) (Gyōnen rokujūni sai Otsuryūken Miboku (kaō)) (At the age of sixty-two, Otsuryūken Miboku [monogram]); on the chape (kojiri): 味墨 (Miboku); on the knife handle (kozuka): 行年六十二才乙桺軒味墨(花押) (Gyōnen rokujūni sai Otsuryūken Miboku (kaō)) (At the age of sixty-two, Otsuryūken Miboku [monogram]); on the knife blade (kogatana): 六哥仙 / (六首の和歌) / 文屋康秀小野小町 / 僧正遍照大友黒主 / 喜撰法師在原業平 / (六歌仙図) (Rokkasen / (Six waka poems) / Funya no Yasuhide, Ono no Komachi / Sōjō Henjō, Ōtomo no Kuronushi / Kisen Hōshi, Arihara no Narihira / (Six Great Poets design)); on the hairdressing tool (kōgai): 行年六十二才乙桺軒味墨(花押) (Gyōnen rokujūni sai Otsuryūken Miboku (kaō)) (At the age of sixty-two, Otsuryūken Miboku [monogram])); on the sword guard (tsuba), on the obverse: 乙桺軒味墨(花押) (Otsuryūken Miboku (kaō)); on the reverse: 行年六十三才 (Gyōnen rokujūsan sai) (At the age of sixty-three).
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