• Japanese Art & Design auction at Christies

    Sale 5968

    Japanese Art & Design

    4 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 385

    A MINO SEKI WAKIZASHI

    SIGNED BUNGO (NO) KAMI KANETAKA, MOMOYAMA PERIOD (LATE 16TH CENTURY)

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    A MINO SEKI WAKIZASHI
    SIGNED BUNGO (NO) KAMI KANETAKA, MOMOYAMA PERIOD (LATE 16TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: hirazukuri, iori-mune, even curve, full kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: itame-hada, jinie, with shirake utsuri
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: notare with gunome
    Boshi [tip]: komaru on omote and togari on ura
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, sujigai file marks, one extended mekugi-ana, re-shaped kirijiri
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 42.6cm
    Horimono [carving]: futasuji-hi on omote, koshibi on ura
    Koshirae [mounting]: In shirasaya together with its wakizashi mounting, dappled black-lacquered saya, iron tsuba with a shishi, a pouch, and a sho, details in gold inlay, the fuchigashira of shibuichi with rural huts in iroe-takazogan, menuki of auspicious emblems in shakudo with gold details, iron kozuka in the form of a sword tang with inlaid chrysanthemum mon and inscription Amakuni saku


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    The blade accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Hozon Token [Sword Worthy of Preservation] no. 304807 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of The Japanese Art Sword] on 27th July 1985

    A smith of Mino province during the last quarter of the 16th century.

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