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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Swordsmith: Blade attributed to Ko Uda (Japanese, Nanbokuchō period, mid–late 14th century)
Date: blade, late-14th century; mounting, 19th century; Paulownia crest grip ornaments, late 16th century; Paulownia crest hilt collar, 17th century; Young pine design hairdressing tool, 17th century; Ginkgo design sword guard, late 17th–early 18th century
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, wood (rosewood), lacquer, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, silver, copper
Dimensions: L. 23 7/16 in. (59.6 cm); L. of blade 15 11/16 in. (39.8 cm); D. of curvature 3/16 in. (0.45 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number: 91.2.48

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