Long samurai sword, or katanaOn display
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Long samurai sword, or katana
17th - 19th century (1601 - 1900)
Material and technique
steel blade; metal sword furniture; wooden scabbard, covered in lacquer, and wrapped with a silk braid; wooden hilt, covered in shagreen and wrapped with a silk braid
Dimensionsdepth at blade 7.8 x 93 x 0.2 cm max. (height x width x depth)
depth at sword guard 7.8 x 93 x 8.2 cm max. (height x width x depth)
depth at hilt 7.8 x 93 x 2.2 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Presented by C. W. Christie Miller, 1959.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 37 | Japan 1600 - 1850
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Glossary of terms
A Japanese long sword.
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.