• Japanese Art & Design auction at Christies

    Sale 5968

    Japanese Art & Design

    4 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 373

    A MINO KATANA

    UNSIGNED ATTRIBUTED TO KANENOBU, MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY)

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    A MINO KATANA
    UNSIGNED ATTRIBUTED TO KANENOBU, MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, slight fumbari and saki-zori curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: tight itame with mokume, masame on the shinogi-ji
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha with gunome, some ashi and sunagashi, nioi with ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: midare-komi with shallow komaru
    Nakago [tang]: slight machi-okuri, two mekugi-ana, file marks indistinct, ha-agari kurijiri
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 67.4cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: In shirasaya with unsigned attribution to Kanenobu


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    The first generation Kanenobu of the Naoe Shizu group is said to have been the pupil of Kaneuji. The name continued with the Seki Zenjo group throught the Muromachi period, and into the early Edo period.

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