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Knife, One of Set of Six

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Bronze, steel, gilding
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS 8 1/4 x 5/8 x 3/8 in. (21 x 1.6 x 1 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on side of blade near juncture with handle: 2 or 3 characters of an unknown script (Japanese?)
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds bequeathed by Rose Katz in memory of Gabriel Gus Katz
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Knife with steel blade and gilded bronze handle. Blade general rectangular shape, with a flare on the dull edge and a rounded end that comes to a point on the dull side. Straight, rectangular handle with squared end has identical decorations on both sides in Japanese-inspired style: underwater scene of a man diving through seaweed toward a sword on the ocean floor, he has a rope around his waist which is held by a figure on the shore. Condition: Fair; much of the gilding is lost; blade is tarnished; large spot of green corrosion on handle near juncture with blade.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Knife, One of Set of Six, ca. 1880. Bronze, steel, gilding, 8 1/4 x 5/8 x 3/8 in. (21 x 1.6 x 1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds bequeathed by Rose Katz in memory of Gabriel Gus Katz, 1997.66.11. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.66.10-13_1997.66.2_1997.66.4_1997.66.5_1997.66.6.jpg)
IMAGE group, 1997.66.10-13_1997.66.2_1997.66.4_1997.66.5_1997.66.6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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