• Arts of the Samurai  auction at Christies

    Sale 2378

    Arts of the Samurai

    23 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 31

    AN O-SURIAGE YAMASHIRO KATANA

    KAMAKURA PERIOD (LATE 13TH-14TH CENTURY), UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTED TO RYOKAI WITH GOLD INLAID INSCRIPTION BANZAI

    Price Realised  

    AN O-SURIAGE YAMASHIRO KATANA
    KAMAKURA PERIOD (Late 13th-14th CENTURY), UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTED TO RYOKAI WITH GOLD INLAID INSCRIPTION BANZAI
    Sugata [configuration]: Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, even curve with slight fumbari and utsumuku upper part of blade, chu-gissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Mokume with masame, jinie
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Hoso-suguha of konie
    Boshi [tip]: Komaru
    Nakago [tang]: O-suriage, two mekugi-ana, kiri file marks, kiri-jiri, two gold-inlaid characters Banzai on katana omote
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 68cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: Black ishimeji lacquered tachi mounting, all metal fittings engraved with karakusa, iron aoi mokko-shape tsuba with four inome piercings, fuchi-kashira of iron migakiji with silver inlaid karakusa, menuki of carp among waves in yamagane with gold inlay
    In shirasaya with a sayagaki by the polisher Hon'ami Nisshu in Showa 23 (1948) attributing the blade to Rai Kunitoshi around the Bunpo era (1317--19)

    The blade accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Hozon token (Sword worthy of preservation) no. 346808 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), dated 1997.6.2

    The mounting accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Hozon tosogu (Sword fittings worthy of preservation) no. 433887 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), dated 1997.6.20


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    Ryokai has been variously identified as the son of Rai Kunitoshi or of Aya no Koji Sadatoshi of Kyoto and was active around the end of the thirteenth century.

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