Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade and Mounting for a Sword (Katana)

Date:
blade, late 17th century; mounting, 19th century
Geography:
Mie
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), silk, silver, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold
Dimensions:
L. 33 7/16 in. (84.9 cm); L. of blade 31 3/8 in. (79.7 cm); L. of cutting edge 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm); D. of curvature 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number:
91.2.69
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tank of the blade: 桑名住藤原國長 (Kuwana Jū Fujiwara no Kuninaga) (Fujiwara no Kuninaga, residing in Kuwana Province [present-day Mie Prefecture]).
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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