Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Swordsmith: Blade inscribed by Naotane Taikei (Japanese, Yamagata 1778–1857 Edo)
Decorator: Engraving on blade attributed to Honjo Yoshitane (Japanese, Edo period, 19th century)
Fittings maker: Sword guard (Tsuba) inscribed by Yukinaka (Japanese, Hagi, active 19th century)
Date: blade, dated 1839; mounting, early–mid 19th century
Geography: Hagi, Nagato Province (Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), thread, iron, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold, silver
Dimensions: L. 26 3/4 in. (67.9 cm); L. of blade 17 27/32 in. (45.3 cm); D. of curvature 9/64 in. (0.36 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number: 91.2.84

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