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Sword, with a curved single-edged steel blade, a wooden hilt covered in shark skin and laced with black silk cord, and a sword sheath of black lacquered wood with longitudinal stripes and sprinkled with mother-of-pearl: Japan, blade 15th century, mount 19th century

Museum reference



World Culture

Object name

Sword, Sword sheath

Production information

Japan, East Asia


15th century


Steel, Wood, Shark skin, Silk, Wood, Lacquer, Mother of pearl

Physical description

Blade - steel; hilt - wood, shark skin, silk; sheath - wood, lacquer, mother-of-pearl


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