Blades and Mountings for a Pair of Swords (Daishō)

Swordsmith: Long sword (katana) blade inscribed by Sukemitsu of Bizen (Japanese, Bizen, Muromachi period, active ca. 1440)

Swordsmith: Short sword (wakizashi) blade attributed to Yasumitsu (Japanese, Muromachi period, 15th century)

Fittings maker: Set of sword mountings by Iwamoto Konkan (Japanese, Edo period, 1744–1801)

Date: sword (katana) blade, dated 1440; short sword (wakizashi) blade, 15th century; mountings, late 18th century

Culture: Japanese

Medium: Steel, wood, lacquer, copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold, copper, rayskin, silk

Dimensions: L. of sword (katana) 34 1/8 in. (86.7 cm); L. of sword (katana) blade 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm); L. of sword (katana) scabbard 28 1/4 in. (71.8 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) 26 in. (66.0 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) blade 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm); L. of short sword (wakizashi) scabbard 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); L. of knife (kozuka) for short sword (wakizashi) mounting 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)

Classification: Swords

Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936

Accession Number: 36.120.417a, b, .418a–c


This is the only known complete set of daishō mountings 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.