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Blade for a Sword (Katana)

Blade inscribed by Gassan Sadatoshi (Japanese, born 1946)
Blade inscribed by Gassan Ichirō (Japanese, born 1979)
dated May 16, 2004
L. 36 7/8 in. (93.7 cm); L. of blade edge 28 7/8 in. (73.4 cm); D. of curvature 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Sword Blades
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.401a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
This sword blade was made by the contemporary master swordsmith Gassan Sadatoshi, in cooperation with his son Ichirō. Staff members of the Arms and Armor Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art named in the inscription on the tang (Stuart Pyhrr, Morihiro Ogawa, Donald LaRocca, and Robert Carroll) also participated in the initial forging of the blade during a visit to Mr. Gassan's workshop in Nara, Japan.
Inscription: Inscribed on the obverse of the tang: Yamatonokunizyu Gassan Sadatoshi Chakushi Ichiro Kao (made by Gassan Sadatoshi and his first son Ichiro, living in Yamato); on the reverse: Aizuchi Pyhrr Ogawa LaRocca Carroll (together with Pyhrr, Ogawa, LaRocca, and Carroll); on the back edge of the tang: Heisei jurokunen gogatsu kichijitsu (May, 2004).
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