Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Date:
blade, 17th century; mounting, 19th century
Geography:
Okayama Prefecture
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), silver, copper, iron
Dimensions:
L. 22 9/16 in. (57.3 cm); L. of blade 17 3/4 in. (45.1 cm); L. of cutting edge 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm); D. of curvature 1/4 in. (0.6 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.884
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 備州尾道住重 (Bishū Onomichi no Jū Shige) (Shige, residing in Onomichi, Bizen Province [present-day Okayama Prefecture]); on the pommel cap and hilt collar (fuchi-gashira): 正則(花押) (Masanori (kaō)).
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; his bequest to MMA).
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