• Arts of the Samurai  auction at Christies

    Sale 2378

    Arts of the Samurai

    23 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 22

    AN O-SURIAGE BIZEN KATANA

    KAMAKURA PERIOD (13TH-14TH CENTURY), UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTED TO YOSHIOKA ICHIMONJI

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    AN O-SURIAGE BIZEN KATANA
    KAMAKURA PERIOD (13TH-14TH CENTURY), UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTED TO YOSHIOKA ICHIMONJI
    Sugata [configuration]: Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, even curve chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Prominent itame with mokume, ji-nie, chikei, and midare-utsuri
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Choji-midare with sloping gunome, ashi, yo, sunagashi, of ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: Midare-komi with togari
    Nakago [tang]: O-suriage, two mekugi-ana, katte-sagari file marks, kiri-jiri
    Habaki [collar]: double gold clad copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 72.4cm
    Horimono [carving]: Bohi kaki-tosu groove each side

    The blade accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Juyo token (Important sword) no. 6457 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), dated 1979.3.2


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    The Yoshioka Ichimonji group flourished second only to the Fukuoka Ichimonji during the late Kamakura period. Their hamon included gunome rather than the large choji of the Fukuoka group, and often saka-gunome. This blade, although o-suriage, retains the elegant koshizori shape of classic Kamakura-period Ichimonji work.

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