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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Swordsmith:
Blade attributed to Yasumitsu (Japanese, Muromachi period, 15th century)
Fittings maker:
Mounting by Iwamoto Konkan (Japanese, Edo period, 1744–1801)
Date:
blade, 15th century; mounting, 18th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé); thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)
Dimensions:
L. 27 1/16 in. (68.8 cm); L. of blade 24 5/16 in. (61.8 cm); L. of cutting edge 19 7/8 in. (50.5 cm); D. of curvature 9/16 in. (1.45 cm); L. of scabbard 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); knife (c); L. of blade 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm); Wt. 0.4 oz. (11.3 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
36.120.418a–c
Not on view
This is the only known complete set of daishō mountings (paired with 36.120.417a, b) by Iwamoto Konkan, one of the most famous makers of sword fittings in the eighteenth century. The artist's inscription identifies the patron as Iwata Takanori and the design as the Six Tama Rivers.
Inscription: Inscribed on the cord knob (kurigata): 弘直(花押) (Hironao (kaō)); on the sword guard (tsuba): 岩本昆寛(花押) (Iwamoto Konkan (kaō)).
Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Japanese Armor Gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Connoisseur 148 (1961).

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 62–64, ill. p. 63.



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