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Blade and Mounting for a Sword (Katana)

Blade inscribed by Naotane
(Japanese, 1778–1857)

Decorator: Engraving on blade attributed to Honjo Yoshitane (Japanese, Edo period, 19th century)
Date: blade, dated 1839; mounting, 19th century
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, copper alloy, iron, gold, wood, lacquer, silk, shark skin
Dimensions: L. 39 3/4 in. (101.0 cm); L. of blade, 31 in. (78.7 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number: 91.2.56

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