• Japanese Art & Design auction at Christies

    Sale 5968

    Japanese Art & Design

    4 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 391

    A Sue-Soshu Katana

    OSURIAGE ATTRIBUTION ON THE OMOTE SHOSHU TSUNAHIRO MEI SURIAGE AND ON THE URA (CUTTING TEST) SHOTOKU YONNEN KUGATSU JUYONNICHI WAKIGE OTOSHI DO DAN BARAI [14TH SEPTEMBER 1714, CUT THROUGH ARM AND BODY AND INTO THE EARTHEN MOUND] BUSHU SENJU NI OITE [AT SENJU IN BUSHU PROVINCE] MATSUMURA CHODAYU (NAME OF TESTER), MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY)

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    A Sue-Soshu Katana
    Osuriage attribution on the Omote Shoshu Tsunahiro mei Suriage and on the ura (cutting test) Shotoku Yonnen Kugatsu juyonnichi wakige otoshi do dan barai [14th September 1714, cut through arm and body and into the earthen mound] Bushu Senju ni oite [at Senju in Bushu Province] Matsumura Chodayu (name of tester), Muromachi Period (16th century)
    A honzukuri deeply curved katana, kitae of fine itame with much jinie and jifu, the hamon o gunome midare with togashiba and tobiyaki of ko-nie, in shirasaya with double silvered habaki
    68cm. long


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    Yamamura Masahiro of the Sue-Soshu school (cf. Lot 431) was summoned to Odawara sometime around the 1530's by Hojo Ujitsuna, and was re-named Tsunahiro having been granted the use of the character Tsuna from the lord's name. Two generations followed, of whom the third named So'uemon no jo is famously said to have been commissioned by the lord of Tsugaru to make three hundred daisho blades. He returned to his home province in 1606, and died in 1638 aged ninety one. All three generations made swords with midare-ba or hitatsura like this blade.

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