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Wakizashi
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Because of a signed piece on the spike and a decorative element that adorns the cover, we consider it to be an exceptional piece of interest in the museum’s collection.

History of the Object
Among the Samurai in the Japanese Empire, the wakizashi saber and other steel weapons were of special importance. They were frequently located in a place of honor in the house when they were not being used. The different elements that comprise the saber (tsubas, fuchi or kajira) could be replaced at the personal preference of the owner, but the steel blade was the most important part. In this piece, the steel blade signed on the spike, is likely to be older than the handle and cover.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
steel, silver, golden metal 
Measurements
Width 2,7 cm. Length 55 cm.  
Creator name
Escuela Tsuta 
Creator date
1650 - 1700 
Where it was made
Japan; Kyoto 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century 
Function
Weapon used by the Samurai in the Japanese Empire 
Acquisition
This weapon was acquired by the museum in 1921 from Mr. Eduardo Gibert. We believe Mr. Gibert was a Spanish diplomat who gathered a small collection from China and Japan, perhaps because he was a diplomatic representative to some of these countries. This collection was acquired in 1920 when Mr. Manuel Anton was director of the museum. This was a period of revitalization and expansion of the collection of the Anthropology, Ethnography and Prehistoric Museum (1910). The museum has recently been created as an independent entity, separate from the Natural Sciences Museum. It was previously a section of the latter. 
Copyright
Museo Nacional de Antropología. Ministerio de Cultura 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museo Nacional de Antropología. Ministerio de Cultura 
Museum
National Museum of Anthropology 
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