• Arts of the Samurai  auction at Christies

    Sale 2378

    Arts of the Samurai

    23 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 46

    A Shinto Tanto in Mounts with Nanban Design


    Price Realised  


    A Shinto Tanto in Mounts with Nanban Design
    Muromachi period (late 14th-early 15th century), signed Kanetaka
    Hira-zukuri, iori-mune configuration and forged with a tight itame pattern mixed with mokume with a notare gunome-midare tempered edge of nie and a ko-maru tip; bohi carved on both sides; tang ubu and katte-sagari file marks with one hole; silver habaki; in shirasaya; 25.1cm long

    19th-century koshirae comprising a red-lacquer saya decorated with a group of Portuguese sailors and friars watching as a sailing ship departs in gold, silver and black hiramaki-e, fundame and kinpun, the hardware silver and comprising a kojiri carved with crashing waves, a koiguchi carved with chrysanthemums and kozuka-kogai set carved with waves; silver kuri-gata cast as a Chinese lion head with a ring to hold the sageo; tsuka wrapped with black leather and fitted with silver fuchi-kashira carved with chrysanthemums and gilt-silver peony menuki (2)

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