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    Sale 2028

    Japanese & Korean Art

    18 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 325

    An Awataguchi Tanto in Mounts

    NANBOKUCHO PERIOD (14TH CENTURY), SIGNED KUNITSUNA

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    An Awataguchi Tanto in Mounts
    Nanbokucho period (14th century), signed Kunitsuna
    Sugata [configuration]: hira-zukuri mitsu-mune with no curvature and a fairly wide mi-haba
    Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame with chikei
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha mixed with kuichigai-ba and copious ko-nie, sunagashi and kin-suji
    Boshi [tip]: sukuha o-maru with turnback in nie
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, saki kuri-jiri with katte-sagari file marks and two holes
    Habaki [collar]: two-piece, gold foil
    Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 11in. (27.8cm.)

    Aikuchi koshirae [set of mounts]: comprising a black-lacquer saya decorated with paulownia leaves and flowers in gold hiramaki-e and fitted with shakudo nanako-ji kozuka and kogai with paulownia in shakudo taka-bori, gold frames; tsuka mounted with shakudo nanako-ji circular menuki decorated with paulownia leaves and flowers in gold uttori, 19th century
    With a certificate of registration designating this sword as the 31st Juyo token (Important sword) no. 7638 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 1984.10.18


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    Toroku Sakon Kunitsuna was one of the six pupils of Kuniie of the Awataguchi-Yamashiro school. He, together with Bizen Saburo Kunimune and Ichimonji Sukezane are recognized as the founding smiths of the tradition at Kamakura . He is said to have made the sword known as 'Onimaru' for Hojo Tokiyori. This robust and dignified piece has been attributed to the work of a later generation active around the Kenmu (1334-1346) era.