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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Blade by Omidaijo Fujiwara Tadahiro (Japanese, 1614–1694)
Fittings maker:
Mounting by Takase Eiju (Japanese, active early–mid-19th century)
Fittings maker:
Sword guard (tsuba) by Yasuchika (Japanese, 1670–1744) (1st or 2nd generation)
blade, mid-17th century; mounting, 19th century
Saga; Tokyo
Steel, wood, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, coral, baleen, lacquer, silver
L. 30 13/16 in. (78.3 cm); L. of blade 27 in. (68.5 cm); L. of cutting edge 21 1/4 in. (53.9 cm); D. of curvature 3/8 in. (0.94 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 2000
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 近江大掾藤原忠廣 (Ōmi-daijō Fujiwara no Tadahiro) (Fujiwara no Tadahiro, Senior Secretary of Ōmi Province); on the Hilt collar (fuchi): 行年六十五 / 高瀬栄壽 (印銘・髙)(Gyōnen rokujūgo / Takase Eiju (in-mei)) (At the age of sixty-five / Takase Eiju [stamped seal]).
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