Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Long sword (katana) blade inscribed by Sukemitsu of Bizen
Culture: Japanese, Bizen, Muromachi period, active ca. 1440
Bladesmith: 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: long sword blade, dated 1440; short sword blade, 15th century; mountings, late 18th century Medium: Steel, shibuichi, gold, copper, lacquered wood, ray skin, silk
Dimensions: Length of short sword (wakizashi), 20 3/4 in. (52.1 cm); Length of long sword (katana), 25 1/4 in. (64.3 cm)
Classification: Swords
Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Long sword (katana) blade inscribed by Sukemitsu of Bizen

  • Culture: Japanese, Bizen, Muromachi period, active ca. 1440
  • Bladesmith: 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: long sword blade, dated 1440; short sword blade, 15th century; mountings, late 18th century Medium: Steel, shibuichi, gold, copper, lacquered wood, ray skin, silk
  • Dimensions: Length of short sword (wakizashi), 20 3/4 in. (52.1 cm); Length of long sword (katana), 25 1/4 in. (64.3 cm)
  • Classification: Swords
  • Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Gift of Howard Mansfield, 1936

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art 

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