From: Japan

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 19424A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Japanese
Provenience Japan
Period Edo Period (uncertain) | Meiji Period (uncertain)
Date Made Edo - 1896
Section Asian
Materials Steel | Silk | Ray Skin | Paulownia Wood | Lacquer | Gilded | Metal
Technique Woven

Long sword, katana. This sword was given to to Dr. Divie Bethune McCartee by Mr. Takahashi Kenzo (1855 - 1898), who was Chief Secretary to the Cabinet of the Imperial Government, and formerly principal editor of the Official Gazette ("Kanpo"). Kenzo gave this sword to Dr. McCartee around 1880 when the doctor gave up his Professorship in the University of Tokyo. Mr. Takahashi was one of his pupils. Mr. Takahashi said the sword had been in his family for three hundred years. There is no inscription on the tang. The silk-wrapped handle, jeweled pins, and tsuba made of paulownia wood are consisitent with the nobility of the gift.

Credit Line Gift of Dr. D. B. McCartee, 1896
Other Number 88-16-155A - Found in Collection Number

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