Blades and Mountings for a Pair of Swords (Daishō)

Swordsmith: Blades inscribed by Naotane Taikei (Japanese, Yamagata 1778–1857 Edo)
Decorator: Engraving on blades attributed to Honjo Yoshitane (Japanese, Edo period, 19th century)
Fittings maker: Sword guards (Tsuba) inscribed by Yukinaka (Japanese, Hagi, active 19th century)
Date: blades, dated 1839; mountings, 19th century
Geography: Hagi, Nagato Province (Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin, silk, iron, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper, gold, silver, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)
Dimensions: L. of sword (katana) 39 1/4 in. (99.8 cm); L. of sword (katana) blade 36 31/32 in. (93.9 cm); L. of sword (katana) blade cutting edge 28 5/8 in. (72.7 cm); D. of sword (katana) blade curvature 1 7/32 in. (3.1 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) 26 3/4 in. (67.9 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) blade 17 27/32 in. (45.3 cm); D. of short sword (wakizashi) blade curvature 9/64 in. (0.36 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number: 91.2.56, .84

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