• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 555

    A Horikawa school katana

    EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY), SIGNED IZUMO DAIJO FUJIWARA YOSHITAKE, AND THE GOLD-INLAID INSCRIBED CUTTING TEST SUIMOKEN (SWORD WHICH WOULD CUT A BLOWN HAIR) KARIGANE SAIDAN (CUT ACROSS THE UPPER CHEST WITH BOTH ARMS ELEVATED), KARITAKE [O] KIZAMU KIRIOTOSHI (CUT DOWN STANDING UPRIGHT), MITSUDO SAIDAN (CUT THROUGH THREE BODIES), TENNA NI MIZUNOE-INU SHIGATSU NIJUGO NICHI (24TH DAY OF THE FOURTH MONTH OF THE 2ND YEAR OF THE TENNA ERA 1682) MOGI SHIN'EMON YOSHISHIGE AND KAO (CURSIVE MONOGRAM) [NAME OF SWORD TESTER]

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    A Horikawa school katana
    Edo period (17th century), signed Izumo Daijo Fujiwara Yoshitake, and the gold-inlaid inscribed cutting test suimoken (Sword which would cut a blown hair) karigane saidan (cut across the upper chest with both arms elevated), Karitake [o] Kizamu Kiriotoshi (cut down standing upright), mitsudo saidan (cut through three bodies), tenna ni mizunoe-inu shigatsu nijugo nichi (24th day of the fourth month of the 2nd year of the Tenna era 1682) mogi shin'emon yoshishige and kao (cursive monogram) [name of sword tester]
    Sugata [configuration]: Narrowing honzukuri, iori-mune, Shinto curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Itame with fine mokume
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Chu-suguha of nie
    Boshi [tip]: Ko-maru
    Nakago [tang]: Ubu, one mekugi-ana, sujigai file marks, kengyo jiri
    Habaki [collar]: Single gilt
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 71.3cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: Uchigatana koshirae, the scabbard lacquered brown ishimeji, with sea waves in silver makie, the round russet iron tsuba pierced in kage sukashi with cherry blossoms, and with cherry blossoms in gold ito zogan, signed Choshu Hagi [no] ju Tomotoyo saku, silver kojiri carved with waves, silver fuchigashira engraved with plum blossoms, copper nanakoji kurikata with plum blossoms in shakudo takazogan with gilt details, silver menuki of tanzaku with poems

    The blade accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Tokubetsu hozon token (Sword especially worthy of preservation) no. 152300 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), 2007.5.8 (2)


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    Originally from Yamashiro, the smith Yoshitake is said to have been the son of Horikawa Kunitake, who moved from Kyoto to Edo.