Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Date:
blade early–mid 14th century, mounting late 18th–early 19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold
Dimensions:
L. 28 9/16 in. (72.6 cm); L. of cutting edge 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm); D. of curvature 7/16 in. (1.1 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
32.75.245
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Inscription: Inscribed on the Pommel cap an dhilt collar (fuchi-gashira): 秀元(花押) (Hidemoto (kaō)).

Marking: Blade attributed to Hidemitsu; mounting by Hidemoto
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