• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 557

    A Hizen katana

    EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY), SIGNED HIZEN JU HARIMA DAIJO FUJIWARA TADAKUNI

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    A Hizen katana
    Edo period (17th century), signed Hizen ju harima daijo Fujiwara Tadakuni
    Sugata [configuration]: Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, shallow curve, chu-gissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Well-packed ko-itame with jinie
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Wide hamon of rounded choji with gunome interspersed with ko-notare, with ashi, yo, and sunagashi of deep nioi with much ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: Slight midare-komi with ko-maru kaeri and hakikake
    Nakago [tang]: Ubu, osujigai file marks, two mekugi-ana one of which a shinobi-ana, shallow iriyamagata-jiri
    Habaki [collar]: Double gold-clad copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 69.6cm

    The blade accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Juyo token (Important sword) no. 3110 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), 1969.4.26


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    The smith was the son of Yoshiie of the Hashimoto group and a pupil of the first generation Tadayoshi of Hizen province (Nagasaki Prefecture). He was honored with the juryo title of Harima Daijo inscribed on this blade, probably in 1634.