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Blade and Mounting for a Dagger (Tantō)

Swordsmith:
Blade by Morimitsu (Japanese, Muromachi period, active 15th century)
Fittings maker:
Mounting by Ichiryuken (Japanese, active 19th century)
Date:
blade, dated 1425; mounting, 19th century
Geography:
Okayama Prefecture
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), baleen, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), silver
Dimensions:
L. 14 15/16 in. (37.9 cm); L. of blade 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm); L. of cutting edge 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Gift of Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.127.1
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 備州長船盛光 (Bishū Osafune Morimitsu) (Morimitsu, Osafune, Bizen Province [present-day Okayama Prefecture]); on the reverse: 應永三十二年八月日 (Ōei sanjūni-nen hachi-gatsu hi) (Thirty-second year of Ōei [1425], eighth month, day).
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