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Blade and Mounting for a Dagger (Tantō)

Date:
blade, 16th century; mounting, dated 1870
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), thread, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), gold
Dimensions:
L. 19 1/16 in. (48.4 cm); L. of blade 13 3/8 in. (33.9 cm); L. of cutting edge 11 in. (27.9 cm); D. of curvature 1/8 in. (0.3 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1759a–e
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the hilt collar: 奈良英政 (Nara Hidemasa); on the knife handle: 明治三歳庚午秋八月 / 魚子 奈良英政 / 為津久井君 曲豆軒志魯造 (Meiji san-sai kanoe-uma aki hachi-gatsu / Nanako Nara Hidemasa / Tsukui kun no tame Kyokutōken Shiro tsukuru) (Third year of Meiji [1870], kanoe-horse, autumn, August / Nanako by Nara Hidemasa / Made by Kyokutōken Shiro for Mr. Tsukui).
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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