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Short Sword

Native NameWakizashi
Object Number:42-30-250A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Japanese
Provenience: Japan
Period: Edo Period
Date Made: 1603 - 1868 CE
Early Date: 1603
Late Date: 1868
Section:Asian
Materials:Steel
Sharkskin
Silk
Silver
Lacquer
Iconography:Lobster
Length: 49.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:395 - Other Number

Description

Short sword, wakizashi, in iridescent lacquer sheath. The grip of this sword is covered in sharkskin, then wrapped in silk braid. On the side of the scabbard is a small knife. The knife handle is decorated with a lobster, an auspicious symbol of long life.

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