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Blades and Mountings for a Pair of Swords (Daishō)

Blades inscribed by Naotane
(Japanese, 1778–1857)

Decorator: Engraving on blades attributed to Honjo Yoshitane (Japanese, Edo period, 19th century)
Date: blades, dated 1839; mounting, 19th century
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, copper alloy, iron, gold, wood, lacquer, silk, shark skin
Dimensions: L. of sword (katana) 39 3/4 in. (101.0 cm); L. of sword (katana) blade 31 in. (78.7 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) 27 in. (68.6 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) blade 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number: 91.2.56, .84

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