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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Swordsmith:
Blade attributed to Fusamune of Soshu (Japanese, active ca. late 15th–early 16th century)
Date:
blade, late 15th–early 16th century; mounting, late 18th century
Geography:
Kanagawa Prefecture
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold
Dimensions:
L. 29 3/4 in. (75.7 cm); L. of blade 24 3/8 in. (62 cm); L. of cutting edge 19 5/8 in. (50 cm); D. of curvature 3/8 in. (0.9 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Etsuko O. Morris and John H. Morris Jr., in memory of Dr. Frederick M. Pederson, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.478.1a–i
Not on view
The sword fittings feature a design of chrysanthemums.
Inscription: Inscribed on the knife blade (kogatana): 豆州住直繼 (Zushū jū Naotsugu) (Naotsugu, residing in Izu Province [present-day Shizuoka Prefecture]).
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