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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Blade attributed to Fusamune of Soshu (Japanese, active ca. late 15th–early 16th century)
Fittings maker:
Sword guard (Tsuba) inscribed by Sōheishi Sōtensai (Japanese, active 18th century)
blade, late 15th–early 16th century; mounting, 18th century
Kanagawa Prefecture
Steel, wood, lacquer, ray skin (samé), silk, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold, silver
L. 29 3/4 in. (75.7 cm); L. of blade 24 3/8 in. (62 cm); L. of cutting edge 19 5/8 in. (50 cm); D. of curvature 3/8 in. (0.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Etsuko O. Morris and John H. Morris Jr., in memory of Dr. Frederick M. Pedersen, 2007
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 380
The sword fittings feature a design of chrysanthemums.
Inscription: Inscribed on the knife blade (kogatana): 豆州住直繼 (Zushū jū Naotsugu) (Naotsugu, residing in Izu Province [present-day Shizuoka Prefecture]); on the sword guard (tsuba): Sōheishi Sōtensai.
Dr. Frederick Malling Pedersen, New York (until d. 1947; by inheritance to his godson, Henry Shiro Iijima); Henry Shiro Iijima, New York (1947–d. 1994; by inheritance to Etsuko O. and John H. Morris, Jr.); Etsuko O. and John H. Morris Jr., New York (1994–2007; their gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Arms and Armor from the Collection of Etsuko and John Morris," January 25, 2018–January 6, 2019.

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