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    Sale 5967

    Japanese Art & Design

    13 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 116

    AN EDO KATANA

    UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTED TO MASAO, EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)

    Price Realised  

    AN EDO KATANA
    UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTED TO MASAO, EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
    A broad shallow-curved katana with o-kissaki, the omote of kata-kiriha zukuri, the ura shinogi-zukuri, fine itame hada with jinie and chikei, gunome-ba hamon of nie with many variations, the tang with a kiritsuke-mei 'Kyomu-Maru' [Mist Pincher], in its fine red-lacquered scabbard with long iron kojiri with gold inlaid leafy vine, matching fuchi-kashira, the menuki of gilt circular Buddhist emblems, silver habaki engraved with with characters for 'hasamu-kyo' and 'kiri-mu'
    62.3cm. long


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    Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Hozon Token [sword worthy of preservation] no. 370983 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword] issued on 20th June 2005.
    The smith Suzuki Jiro Minamoto Masao was the leading pupil of Minamoto Kiyomaru.

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