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Tantō (dagger) blade


Length: 32.100 cm

Asia JA OA+3792.a

    Tantō (dagger) blade

    Mino school, Japan
    16th century AD

    This dagger blade is signed by the swordsmith Kanefusa I. The hamon, the crystalline pattern on the edge of the blade, is in the hako gunome (box-shaped) style which Kanefusa developed.

    The Mino school was one of the three leading groups of swordsmiths in Japan from the second half of the fifteenth century, but sword production considerably decreased therein the late sixteenth century, shortly before the country was unified under the Tokugawa shogunate.

    L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)


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