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Blade for a Dagger (Tantō)

Blade inscribed by Rai Kunitoshi (Japanese, active ca. 1290–ca. 1320)
ca. 1315–16
L. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm); L. of cutting edge 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm); W. of blade at hilt 15/16 in. (2.4 cm); Wt. 7 oz. (185 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Andrews Izard, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.373a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Rai Kunitoshi, who worked in Kyōto, was among the most famous swordsmiths of the late thirteenth to early fourteenth century. This dagger, one of his masterpieces, exemplifies his best-known blade-making style.
Signature: Signed: RAI KUNITOSHI.
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