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Blade and Mounting for a Short Sword (Wakizashi)

Blade inscribed by Yoshitane (Japanese, active 17th century)
Blade inscribed by Yoshifusa (Japanese, active 17th century)
17th century
Fukui Prefecture
Steel, lacquer
L. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm); L. of cutting edge 14 9/16 in. (37 cm); D. of curvature 1/4 in. (0.7 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 bamboo and plum-blossom engraving, which retains much of the original red lacquer, is typical of the Echizen style.
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 越前住河内藤原義稙 (Echizen jū Kawachi Fujiwara no Yoshitane) (Kawachi Fujiwara no Yoshitane, residing in Echizen Province [present-day Fukui Prefecture]); on the reverse: 丹波大掾藤原吉房 (Tanba-daijō Fujiwara no Yoshifusa) (Fujiwara no Yoshifusa, the Senior Secretary of Tanba Province).
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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