AB 60-2 c


  • AB 274 Samurai doll (front)
  • AB 66-19 Kaiken
  • AB 61-2 Kabuto (front)
  • AB XX 80 Tsuba (side A)
  • AB 60-10 b Stirrup
  • AB 1131 d Miniature Katana and Shoto
  • AB 625 Katana & Scabbard
  • AB XX 133 Mace
  • AB 955 b (front)
  • AB 928 Tsuba (front)
  • AB 60-11 Samurai Doll (front)
  • AB 59-5 Samurai on Horseback Doll
  • AB 1131 j Arrows & Stand (both)
  • AB 1131 b Suit of Armor
  • AB 360 Horse (front)
  • AB 965 b-e Sword Caps
  • AB 60-2 e Shoto Sword
  • AB 604 g Arrowhead
  • AB 61-1 Samurai Armor
  • AB 60-2 c Sword

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What is it?
Katana Sword
What is it made of?
Ray skin/Shark skin/Metal/Wood
Where is it from?
When was it made?
Object ID
AB 60-2 c

This samurai sword, or katana, has a handle with an inset of ray skin, and at one point had a cord braid attached. The blade itself has a small kissaki (point), and a faint, irregular yakiba pattern, or tempered surface along the blade edge. The sword guard (tsuba) has a shrine motif on one side and a figure of a mythical deity carrying a figure on the other side. The scabbard is made with an inset of shark skin.

The sword date range falls within the Edo period (1600-1868), a time of peace in which samurai accoutrements would have been used as status symbols rather than as weapons.

A katana is a long sword that is over two shaku long. A shaku, the traditional unit of measurement for Japanese swords, is equivalent to about a foot, though it was longer before 1891. A short sword, or shoto, is between one and two shaku long.

Donated by Harvard University's Fogg Museum, 1960
AB 60-2 c Sword