• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 558

    A matching pair of swords (daisho)

    THE KATANA MUROMACHI PERIOD (1493), SIGNED BISHU OSAFUNE NORIMITSU, AND DATED MEIO NINEN NIGATSU HI (A DAY IN THE SECOND MONTH, 1493); THE WAKIZASHI MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY)

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    A matching pair of swords (daisho)
    The katana Muromachi period (1493), signed Bishu Osafune Norimitsu, and dated Meio ninen nigatsu hi (a day in the second month, 1493); the wakizashi Muromachi period (16th century)
    THE KATANA:
    Sugata [configuration]: Hon-zukuri, iori-mune, saki-zori with fumbari, chu-gissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Itame with mokume, ji-nie, pale utsuri
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: chu-suguha of nie with niju-ba
    Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, katte-sagari file marks, one mekugi-ana, ha-agari kurijiri
    Habaki [collar]: Double gold-clad
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 63.8cm

    Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Hozon token (Sword worthy of preservation) no. 384132 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword) 2009.8.12

    Shirasaya with sayagaki dated October 1931 by Hon'ami Koson confirming the signature and date

    THE WAKIZASHI:
    Sugata [configuration]: Naginata-naoshi, iori-mune, saki-zori curvature
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Itame with prominent mokume
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Deep gunome choji of nie, kinsuji, sunagashi, tobiyaki
    Boshi [tip]: Midare
    Nakago [tang]: Osuriage, one mekugi-ana, file marks indistinct, kurijiri
    Habaki [collar]: Double gold-clad
    Horimono [carving]: Depleted naginata-hi
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 35.8cm

    Shirasaya with sayagaki dated October 1931 by Hon'ami Koson attributing the blade to the first generation Akihiro of Soshu province, and stating that it was from the Shimazu clan collection

    Koshirae [mounting]: Fully matching daisho koshirae, the scabbards lacquered black with aogai overall and large inlays of other shell, the tsuba shakudo migakiji with gold fukurin, the fuchigashira, kozuka, kogai, menuki, and kurikata of the katana all with autumn flowers in high relief shakudo with gold inlay


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