Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade for a Sword (Katana)

Blade inscribed by Iyonojō Munetsugu (Japanese, active 17th century)
17th century
Saga Prefecture
L. 41 in. (104.2 cm); L. of cutting edge 31 7/8 in. (80.8 cm); D. of curvature 9/16 in. (1.4 cm)
Sword Blades
Credit Line:
Gift of Etsuko O. Morris and John H. Morris Jr., in memory of Dr. Frederick M. Pederson, 2007
Accession Number:
Not on view
Signature: Signed: Hizen no kuni junin no ju Minamoto no Munetsugu.

Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 肥前国伊予掾源宗次 (Hizen no Kuni Iyo-no-jō Minamoto no Munetsugu) (Iyo-no-jō Minamoto no Munetsugu, Hizen Province [present-day Saga Prefecture]).
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