Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade and Mounting for a Sword (Katana)

Swordsmith:
Blade inscribed by Yokoyama Sukesada (Japanese, active 17th century)
Fittings maker:
Fittings inscribed by Miboku (Japanese, 1695–1769)
Date:
blade, 17th century; mounting, 19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)
Dimensions:
L. 37 7/8 in. (96.2 cm); L. of blade 35 9/16 in. (90.3 cm); L. of cutting edge 27 3/8 in. (69.6 cm); D. of curvatuer 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); L. of scabbard 29 in. (73.7 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:
36.120.419a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Inscription: Inscribed on the 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 and 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 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: 河内守國助 (Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke) (Kunisuke, the Governor of Kawachi Province); stamped seal on the Chape (kojiri): 味墨 (Miboku).
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