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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Date: blade, 16th century; mounting 19th century
Geography: Gifu
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, wood, brass, lacquer, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), ray skin (samé), silk, silver
Dimensions: L. 30 1/4 in. (76.9 cm); L. of blade 27 3/16 in. (69.1 cm); L. of cutting edge 21 11/16 in. (55.1 cm); D. of curvature 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number: 91.2.52

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