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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Date:
blade, dated 1560; mounting, early 19th century
Geography:
Okayama Prefecture
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), baleen, gold, silver, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)
Dimensions:
L. 33 1/8 in. (84.2 cm); L. of blade 29 13/16 in. (75.8 cm); L. of cutting edge 23 7/16 in. (59.6 cm); D. of curvature 5/8 (1.6 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number:
91.2.64
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 備前國住左近大夫祐定 (Bizen no Kuni jū Sakon Dayū Sukesada) (Sakon-dayū Sukesada, residing in Bizen Province [present-day Okayama Prefecture]); on the reverse: 永禄三年二月日 (Eiroku san-nen ni-gatsu hi) (Third year of Eiroku [1560], second month, day); on the sword guard (tsuba): 一柳友善(花押) (Hitotsuyanagi Tomoyoshi (kaō)).
Brayton C. Ives, New York (until 1891; his sale, American Art Galleries, New York, March 9, 1891 and following days, to Walters); W. T. Walters, New York (1891; his gift to MMA).
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