Blade inscribed by Morimitsu (Japanese, Muromachi period, active 15th century)
blade, dated 1404; mounting, mid–late 19th century
Steel, wood, lacquer, silver
L. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); L. of cutting edge 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed ont he 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: 応永十一年十月日 (Ōei jūichi-nen jū-gatsu hi) (Eleventh year of Ōei , tenth month, day).