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Blade and Mounting for a Dagger (Tantō)

blade, late 19th century; mounting, late 19th century
Steel, wood (rosewood), silver, gold
L. 16 1/16 in. (40.8 cm); L. of blade 14 13/16 in. (37.6 cm); L. of cutting edge 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm); D. of curvature 1/16 in. (0.2 cm)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed on the tang of the blade, on the obverse: 備州長船住清光 (Bishū Osafune jū Kiyomitsu) (Kiyomitsu, residing in Osafune, Bizen Province); on the reverse: 慶長二二八月日 (Keichō yon hachi-gatsu hi) (Fourth year of Keichō [1599], eighth month, day).
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