• Arts of the Samurai  auction at Christies

    Sale 2378

    Arts of the Samurai

    23 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 23

    AN O-SURIAGE YAMATO WAKIZASHI

    KAMAKURA PERIOD (13TH CENTURY), UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTED TO TEGAI KANENAGA

    Price Realised  

    AN O-SURIAGE YAMATO WAKIZASHI
    KAMAKURA PERIOD (13TH CENTURY), UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTED TO TEGAI KANENAGA
    Sugata [configuration]: Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, gentle curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Itame mixed with flowing hada with ji-nie
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Suguha with shallow notare and variations of gunome, yubashiri, sunagashi, kinsuji, uchi-noke, of nie
    Boshi [tip]: Straight to yakitsune with hakikake
    Nakago [tang]: O-suriage, kiri yasurime, one mekugi-ana, kiri-jiri
    Habaki [collar]: single gold clad copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 56.6cm

    The blade accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Juyo token (Important sword) no. 4044 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), 1973.3.1


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    The Tegai school is said to have been named after the Tengai Gate of Todaiji Temple in Nara. Kanenaga was a forerunner of the school, active during the middle Kamakura period around the end of the thirteenth century. This wakizashi blade has been cut down from a much longer tachi, yet retains an elegant curvature and exhibits the characteristics of the finest work of the smith.

    Literature

    Honma Kunzan [Junji], "Kanto hibisho" (Memoranda on appraised swords), Token bijutsu 194 (1974.3).