1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.
Charles Goddard Weld Collection
Japanese, late Edo period, early to mid-19th century
- Ishiguro Masaaki, Japanese, about 1815–1875
Overall: 41.6 cm (16 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Blade: tempered steel Hilt: ray skin wrapped with black thread Hilt ornament: Gold repousse and applied metal sheet Metal fittings: polished gold; high relief; inlay, and applied metal sheet Sheath: snakeskin wrapped diagonally on black lacquer