Blade and Mounting for a Sword (Katana)

Date:
blade, 16th century; mounting, late 18th–early 19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), thread, gold, copper-gold alloy (shakudō)
Dimensions:
L. 38 7/8 in. (98.7 cm); L. of blade 36 5/8 in. (93 cm); L. of cutting edge 27 5/8 in. (70.1 cm); D. of curvature 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
32.75.244
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the Pommel cap and hilt collar (fuchi-gashira): 秀元(花押)(Hidemoto (kaō)).

Marking: Blade attributed to Takada; mounting by Hidemoto