This week are are starting a regular section featuring missing object listed in the FBI’s National Stolen Art File (NSAF), which is a database of missing artifacts and cultural property.

Our first piece is a a sword made a Nobeoka Mitsutada sword made in Nobeoka, Japan. around 1220 A.D. The sword had belonged to the Naito Family of Nobeoka and may have been looted from their estate around 1946.

Incident Type : Stolen
Crime Category : blades
Maker : Japanese
Period : 1220

The database can be viewed here.

For more information and to report recovered objects in the NSAF, contact:

National Stolen Art File Art Theft Program, Room 3247
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20535
Fax: (202) 324-1504