• Japanese Art & Design auction at Christies

    Sale 5968

    Japanese Art & Design

    4 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 369

    AN O-SURIAGE KATANA

    UNSIGNED ATTRIBUTED TO MIIKE SCHOOL, NANBOKUCHO PERIOD (14TH CENTURY)

    Price Realised  

    AN O-SURIAGE KATANA
    UNSIGNED ATTRIBUTED TO MIIKE SCHOOL, NANBOKUCHO PERIOD (14TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: broad honzukuri, iori-mune, even curve, extended chu-gissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: itame with mokume, nagare in places, much jinie and chikei
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha with variations, some gunome and ashi of ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: notare-komi with tsukiage
    Nakago [tang]: osuriage, file marks indistinct, two mekugi-ana, shallow ha-agari kurijiri
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 71.2cm.
    Horimono [carving]: bohi gooves kakinagasu
    Koshirae [mounting]: In shirasaya with attribution to the Sue Miike School


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    The Miike school of Chikugo province, part of present-day Fukuoka prefecture, is believed to have been established by Tenta Mitsuyo in the late Heian period, and to have continued to the Muromachi period. They are thought also to have spread to Aki and Hizen, but the extent of the school is uncertain owing to the lack of signed work.

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    Pre-Lot Text

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