Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Swordsmith:
Blade inscribed by Naotane Taikei (Japanese, Yamagata 1778–1857 Edo)
Decorator:
Engraving on blade attributed to Honjo Yoshitane (Japanese, Edo period, 19th century)
Fittings maker:
Sword guard (Tsuba) inscribed by Yukinaka (Japanese, Hagi, active 19th century)
Date:
blade, dated 1839; mounting, early–mid 19th century
Geography:
Hagi, Nagato Province (Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), thread, iron, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold, silver
Dimensions:
L. 26 3/4 in. (67.9 cm); L. of blade 23 3/8 in. (59.4 cm); L. of cutting edge 17 27/32 in. (45.3 cm); D. of curvature 9/64 in. (0.36 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
Accession Number:
91.2.84
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Although both blades are by Naotane, that of the long sword (katana) is made in the Bizen style, while that of the short sword (wakizashi) is made in the Sōshū style. The engraving on both is attributed to Yoshitane, who decorated many of Naotane's blades.
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 大慶直胤(花押) (Taikei Naotane (kaō)); on the reverse: 天保十年仲春 (Tenpō jū-nen chūshun) (Tenth year of Tenpō [1839], second month); on the sword guard (tsuba): 長州住幸仲作 (Chōshū jū Yukinaka saku) (Made by Yukinaka, residing in Nagato Province [present-day Yamaguchi 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).
Tokyo. Fujishiro Okisato. "Conservation loan," November 1, 2008–June 1, 2009.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer, 1991). pp. 62, 64. ill.



Related Objects

Blades and Mountings for a Pair of Swords (Daishō)

Artist: Blades inscribed by Naotane Taikei (Japanese, Yamagata 1778–1857 Edo) Date: blades, dated 1839; mountings, 19th century Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin, silk, iron, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper, gold, silver, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi) Accession: 91.2.56, .84 On view in:Gallery 378

Blade and Mounting for a Sword (Katana)

Artist: Blade inscribed by Naotane Taikei (Japanese, Yamagata 1778–1857 Edo) Date: blade, dated 1839; mounting, 19th century Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), silk, iron, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper, gold, silver Accession: 91.2.56 On view in:Gallery 378

Blades and Mountings for a Pair of Swords (Daishō)

Artist: Long sword (katana) blade inscribed by Sukemitsu of Bizen (Japanese, Bizen, Muromachi period, active ca. 1440) Date: sword (katana) blade, dated 1440; short sword (wakizashi) blade, 15th century; mountings, late 18th century Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold, copper, rayskin, silk Accession: 36.120.417a, b, .418a–c On view in:Gallery 378

Sword Guard (Tsuba)

Artist: Inscribed by Honjo Yoshitane (Japanese, Edo period, 19th century) Date: 19th century Medium: Iron, gold, copper Accession: 2012.528.2 On view in:Gallery 378

Straight, Double-Edged Sword Blade (Ken)

Date: 5th century Medium: Steel Accession: 06.310.8 On view in:Gallery 377