Blade for a Sword (Katana)

Swordsmith: Blade inscribed by Masahiro (Japanese, Hizen 1607–1665)
Steel-chiseler: Decorated by Kokeguchi Senshu (Japanese, born 1929)
Date: dated 1653; decorated 1980 and 2006
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel
Dimensions: L. 26 7/8 in. (68.1 cm); D. of curvature 5/8 in. (1.7 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: Purchase, Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, by exchange, 2012
Accession Number: 2012.36a–d

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