• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 549

    A Bizen katana

    MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY), SIGNED BIZEN KUNI [NO] JU OSAFUNE KATSU[MITSU]

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    A Bizen katana
    Muromachi period (16th century), signed Bizen Kuni [No] Ju Osafune Katsu[mitsu]
    Sugata: [configuration]: Even width hon-zukuri, iori-mune, somewhat high shinogi, fumbari with sakizori curve, chu-gissaki
    Kitae: [forging pattern]: Fine ko-itame with ji-nie overall, ji-utsuri, and much ara-nie
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Midareba with large and violent variations particularly in the lower part of the blade, sunagashi, irregular niju-ba, much tobi-yaki, deep return with mune-yaki having many kinsuji along much of the blade and areas of very large nie
    Boshi [tip]: Ichimai boshi with kinsuji on omote
    Nakago [tang]: Suriage with three mekugi-ana, the lower of which filled with lead, katte-sagari file marks, kuri-jiri
    Habaki [collar]: Single silver with incised inscription ichigo mushi (no slightest trace of self)
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 62.1cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: Uchigatana mounting with black lacquered scabbard, copper nanako kojiri, mokko yamagane tsuba with large wavy-edged hitsuana, two coiled dragon roundels on each side, the whole sukuidashi-bori, iron fuchigashira with carved bands of nanako and gold ito zogan linked-key design, shakudo menuki of sets of three triple quadrant mon

    Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Hozon token (Sword worthy of preservation) no. 379343 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), 2008.3.19


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    Although slightly suriage (cut-down) so that the second character "mitsu" of Katsumitsu is missing, the style of the calligraphy, the midare-ba, tobiyaki and long kaeri suggest the work of Jirozaemon [no] jo Katsumitsu.