• Japanese Art & Design auction at Christies

    Sale 5968

    Japanese Art & Design

    4 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 379

    A CHIKUZEN KATANA

    SIGNED CHIKUZEN KUNI (NO) JU NOBUKUNI MINAMOTO SHIGESADA, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

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    A CHIKUZEN KATANA
    SIGNED CHIKUZEN KUNI (NO) JU NOBUKUNI MINAMOTO SHIGESADA, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, even curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: tight ko-itame with fine ji-nie
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunome midare
    Boshi [tip]: komaru
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, katte-sagari file marks, two mekugi-ana, one a shinobi-ana, ha-agari kurijiri
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 68.7cm.
    Koshirae [mounting]: in its katana mounting of aogai nashiji lacquered scabbard with butterfly mon in gold hiramaki-e, oval shakudo tsuba with phoenix among clouds, in gold hirazogan, a rope-twist gold fukurin, fuchigashira of shakudo nanako with dragons in gold inlay (2)


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    NBTHK Hozon Token no.304777, 27th July 1985
    NBTHK Hozon Tosogu no.402416, 31st July 1985

    Nobukuni Shigekane was one of the three sword smiths, together with Mondo no sho Masakiyo and Ippei Yasoyo, who were summoned from Kyushu to go to Edo in 1720 to demonstrate sword-making before the 8th Tokugawa shogun, Yoshimune.

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