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Blade and Mounting for a Sword (Katana)

Blade inscribed by Sukemitsu of Bizen
(Japanese, Bizen, Muromachi period, active ca. 1440)

Fittings maker: Mounting by Iwamoto Konkan (Japanese, Edo period, 1744–1801)
Date: blade, dated 1440; mounting, late 18th century
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold, copper, rayskin, silk
Dimensions: L. 34 1/8 in. (86.7 cm); L. of blade 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm); L. of scabbard 28 1/4 in. (71.8 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number: 36.120.417a, b

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