Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blade and Mounting for a Dagger (Tantō)

Date:
blade, 16th century; mounting, 19th century
Culture:
Japanese
Medium:
Steel, wood, lacquer, baleen, silver, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold
Dimensions:
L. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); L. of blade 12 3/16 in. (30.9 cm); L. of cutting edge 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Classification:
Daggers
Credit Line:
Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935
Accession Number:
36.25.1716a–e
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade: 吉光 (Yoshimitsu); on the side of the piece (kibata-mei): 法橋・一乗 (Hokkyō / Ichijō) (Bridge of the Law / Ichijō); on the hilt collar: 佐藤義照(花押) (Satō Yoshiteru (kaō)); on the suspension fittings: 義照作 (Yoshiteru saku) (Made by Yoshiteru); on the chape: 義照 (Yoshiteru); on the knife handle: □老目貫副時年七十有九
法眼一乗作 ([?]rō menuki soe toki ni toshi shichijū yū ku Hōgen Ichijō saku) (Together with the grip ornaments, at the age of seventy-nine Made by Ichijō, the Eyes of the Law); on the knife blade (kogatana): 越前守助廣 (Echizen no Kami Sukehiro) (Sukehiro, the Governor of Echizen Province); on the sword guard (tsuba): 東吟亭義照造之 (Tōgintei Yoshiteru kore wo tsukuru) (Tōgintei Yoshiteru made this).
George Cameron Stone, New York (until d. November 18, 1935; his bequest to MMA).
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