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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Swordsmith:
Blade attributed to Yasumitsu (Japanese, Muromachi period, 15th century)
Fittings maker:
Mounting by Iwamoto Konkan (Japanese, Edo period, 1744–1801)
Date:
blade, 15th century; mounting, late 18th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé); thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi)
Dimensions:
L. 27 1/16 in. (68.8 cm); L. of blade 24 5/16 in. (61.8 cm); L. of cutting edge 19 7/8 in. (50.5 cm); D. of curvature 9/16 in. (1.45 cm); L. of scabbard 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); knife (c); L. of blade 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm); Wt. 0.4 oz. (11.3 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936
Accession Number:
36.120.418a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
This is the only known complete set of daishō mountings (paired with 36.120.417a, b) by Iwamoto Konkan, one of the most famous makers of sword fittings in the eighteenth century. The artist's inscription identifies the patron as Iwata Takanori and the design as the Six Tama Rivers.
Inscription: Inscribed on the cord knob (kurigata): 弘直(花押) (Hironao (kaō)); on the sword guard (tsuba): 岩本昆寛(花押) (Iwamoto Konkan (kaō)).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Asian Art," April, 1987–November, 1989.

Grancsay, Stephen V., and Alan Priest. "Japanese Metalwork, Nō Masks, and Textiles in the Howard Mansfield Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (October 1937), p. 229, fig. 1.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Japanese Armor Gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Connoisseur (September 1961), p. 17, ill.

Boger, Batterson H. The Traditional Arts of Japan: A Complete Illustrated Guide. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1964. p. 118, ill.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Summer, 1991), pp. 62–64, ill.

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