Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Blade attributed to Yasutsugu (Japanese, active late 16th–early 17th century)
Fittings maker:
Fittings by Nakamura Kazuyuki (Japanese, active early 19th century)
blade, early 17th century; mounting, 19th century
Steel, wood, lacquer, leather, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), copper, gold, horn, silver
L. 19 in. (48.2 cm); L. of blade 16 11/16 in. (42.4 cm); L. of cutting edge 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm); D. of curvature 1/16 in. (0.2 cm)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 越前康継 (Echizen Yasutsugu) (Yasutsugu, Echizen Province [present-day Fukui Prefecture]); on the side of the piece (kibata-mei), on the obverse: 文政十一子中冬 / 木□□□一□行 (Bunsei jūichi ne chūtō / Moku (fuse-ji) [Ichigyō?]) (Eleventh year of Bunsei, [year of the] mouse, eleventh month / Moku [two unintelligible characters] [Ichigyō?]); on the reverse: 中村常親(花押) (Nakamura Tsunechika (kaō)); on the hilt collar (fuchi): 木國中村一行 / 常親(花押) (Mokkoku Nakamura Ichigyō / Tsunechika (kaō)) (Nakamura Ichigyō, Kii Province [present-day Wakayama Prefecture] / Tsunechika [monogram]); on the knife handle: 紀國中村一行常親(花押) (Ki no Kuni Nakamura Ichigyō Tsunechika (kaō)) (Nakamura Ichigyō Tsunechika, Kii Province [monogram]); on the knife blade (kogatana): 南紀畠山大和介源正次 (Nanki Hatakeyama Yamato no Suke Minamoto no Masatsugu) (Hatakeyama Yamato no Suke Minamoto no Masatsugu, Southern Kii Province).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection," March 27–June 20, 1993.

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