• Japanese Art & Design auction at Christies

    Sale 5968

    Japanese Art & Design

    4 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 392

    AN ISHU KATANA

    SIGNED IYO (NO) JU FUJIWARA KUNIFUSA SAKU, EDO PERIOD (18TH - 19TH CENTURY)

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    AN ISHU KATANA
    SIGNED IYO (NO) JU FUJIWARA KUNIFUSA SAKU, EDO PERIOD (18TH - 19TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, slender shallow curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: fine tight ko-itame
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: narrow suguha of ko-nie, ko-maru boshi
    Nagasa [length]: 68.5cm.
    Koshirae [mounting]: katana mounting with a paulownia mon, copper alloy tsuba, the fuchigashira of shakudo nanako with dragons among clouds, menuki of dragons in shakudo and gold, kozuka lacking (2)


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    NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Token (specifying later generation) no.366893, 3rd March 1979

    The first of several generations living at Uwajima in Iyo (Ehime prefecture) and who signed Kunifusa through to the late Edo period, was retained by Date Hidemune in 1615. He was a pupil of Higo Takeda Hizen (no) kami Shigemasa, who was known as Iga Ishido. The family often signed with the juryo-mei Chikugo daijo, or Chikugo no kami. The second generation studied at some time under Yamato (no) kami Yoshimichi, the third under Omi (no) kami Tadatsuna, and the seventh generation is known to have sometimes included in the words Suishinshi taku ni oite kore wo tsukuru [this was made at the house of Suishinshi], intimating that he was one of the many students of Suishinshi Masahide in the 19th century.

    This fine blade is by one of the later generations of the family.

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