24 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 20,000
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
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.
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