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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Blade inscribed by Yokoyama Sukesada
(Japanese, active 17th century)

Fittings maker: Fittings inscribed by Miboku (Japanese, 1695–1769)
Date: blade, 17th century; mounting, dated 1757
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), rayskin, silk
Dimensions: L. 25 in. (63.5 cm); L. of blade 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm); L. of knife (kozuka) 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); L. of hair dressing tool (kogai) 8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number: 36.120.420a–d

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