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Two swords

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Provenance

1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

Credit Line

Charles Goddard Weld Collection

Japanese, late Edo period, early to mid-19th century

Dimensions

Overall: 41.6 cm (16 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.5059

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Arms and armor