Sword (13th century) and scabbard (18th century) with design of samurai writing a poem under cherry treeArtist(s)KagemitsuObject Creation Date1299-1301Medium & Supportforged steel blade with wooden handle and scabbardDimensions
38 9/16 in. x 1 11/16 in. x 1 3/8 in. ( 98 cm x 4.3 cm x 3.5 cm )Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic R. SmithSubject matter
Long swords (tachi) were the most important belongings for samurai, almost as equal to their lives; as many tragic stories attest, samurai could commit suicide when his sword was taken, stolen, or lost.Physical Description
The sword is long and slightly curved; the metal smith's name is engraved on the metal handle.Primary Object Classification Arms and Armor Primary Object TypeswordAdditional Object Classification(s)MetalworkCollection AreaAsianRights
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