• Japanese Art & Design auction at Christies

    Sale 5968

    Japanese Art & Design

    4 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 389

    A YAMATO KATANA

    SIGNED KANABO MASASHIGE, MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY)

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    A YAMATO KATANA
    SIGNED KANABO MASASHIGE, MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, deep even curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: itame of coarse grain
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunome choji with tobiyaki
    Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, katte-sagari file marks, one mekugi-ana Nagasa [length of blade]: 72.5cm.
    Koshirae [mounting]: in its handachi-like katana koshirae, the scabbard lacquered black in simulation of tree bark, the long kojiri and other fittings of copper gilt with aoi mon in high relief, rounded oblong iron tsuba with one aoi mon


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    Probably by the second of two generations working in the latter part of the 16th century, Masashige was of the Kanabo, or Kanefusa, school of Nanto ('the southern capital' - Nara). The Kanabo were one of the early groups in the Yamato tradition of Nara who are believed to have influenced sword-making in Mino, as reflected in the similarity in many of the smith's names to those of the Mino smiths.

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