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Blade and Mounting for a Sword (Katana)

Swordsmith: 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. 37 1/2 in. (95.3 cm); L. of blade 28 in. (71.1 cm); L. of scabbard 29 in. (73.7 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: 36.120.419a–d

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