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[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Japanese
Title:Sword
Type:Armament
Materials:steel
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Overall: 30 in; 76.2 cm
Accession Number:  MH SK L.A.2.6
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
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Description:
Japanese sword with blue handle wrap (tsukaito) with a dragon design beneath it.

Label Text:
SKINNER LABEL: The three toed dragons denote that these swords were used by people lower in rank than the royalty and nobility.

SKINNER CATALOGUE: A Chinese sword, slightly curved, with very sharp single edge blade with wide double bevel, 21 7/8" x 1". Oval copper guard, 2 3/4" x 2 17/32", finely stippled, pierced, and repoussed with a pheasant on one side and a tiny flower on the other. Wooden handle, covered with a reptile skin and bound full length with twisted blue tape. A three toed brass dragon is held each side in the tape twists. Ferule and end plate decorated with tiny gilt flowers. Wooden scabbard, enamelled in Chinese red with black markings, black band at open end and black oval belt hook, steel cap at squared point end. Weight: 24 ozs. Cat. 10/6/1935.

Tags:
swords

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