• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 553

    An Osaka Katana

    EDO PERIOD (SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY), SIGNED TANGO [NO] KAMI NAOMICHI

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    An Osaka Katana
    Edo period (second half 17th century), signed Tango [No] Kami Naomichi
    Sugata [configuration]: Honzukuri, iori-mune, even curve, chu-gissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Close bright ko-itame with ji-nie Hamon [tempering pattern]: Rounded gunome choji, substantial ashi, yakidashi
    Boshi [tip]: Suguha with ko-maru
    Nakago [tang]: Ubu but slight adjustment to the kiri-jiri, one mekugi-ana, osujigai file marks
    Habaki [collar]: Single gold-clad copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 63.4cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: Handachi mounting, the scabbard lacquer of green effect with dense aogai nashiji, all iron fittings russet migakiji with gilt bordering, the menuki of lightly-gilt "maru ni kuginuki" (circle and nail-puller) mon

    Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Tokubetsu hozon token (Sword especially worthy of preservation) no. 150663 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), 2005.8.17


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    The smith Naomichi was the son of the second generation Tanba no kami Yoshimichi, later to sign Kanemichi, working in Osaka around 1660--80. He sometimes inscribed a chrysanthemum mon and character ichi on the tangs of his blades. His son Naotsugu inherited the name Naomichi, and the title Tango [no] kami.