Blade and Mounting for a Slung Sword (Tachi)

Steel, wood, lacquer, rayskin (samé), thread, gold, silver | 83in | Blade, late 13th-early 14th century; mounting, 18th-early 19th century

Unknown Artist

A tachi is a slung sword, worn suspended on a cord with the cutting edge facing down.

Credit: Gift of the family of Dr. Francis E. Doughty, 1907
Object: 07.109.5

Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019
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