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Blades and Mountings for a Pair of Swords (Daishō)

Swordsmith: Blades inscribed by Yokoyama Sukesada (Japanese, active 17th century)
Fittings maker: Fittings inscribed by Miboku (Japanese, 1695–1769)
Date: blades, 17th century; mountings, dated 1757
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), rayskin, silk
Dimensions: L. of sword (katana) 37 1/2 in. (95.3 cm); L. of sword (katana) blade 28 in. (71.1 cm); L. of sword (katana) scabbard 29 in. (73.7 cm); L. of knife (kozuka) for sword (katana) mounting 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); L. of hair dressing tool (kogai) for sword (katana) mounting 8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) 25 in. (63.5 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) blade 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm); L. of knife (kozuka) for short sword (wakizashi) mounting 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); L. of hair dressing tool (kogai) for short sword (wakizashi) mounting 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, .420a–d

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