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    Sale 1978

    Japanese And Korean Art

    18 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 378

    An Osaka Wakizashi in Mounts


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    An Osaka Wakizashi in Mounts
    Edo period (17th century), signed Inoue Shinkai and dated Tenna ninen nigatsu (1682.2) and chrysanthemum crest
    Sugata [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, chu-gissaki with shallow torii-zori curvature
    Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame with hints of mokume in ji-nie
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: narrow suguha with sunagashi and uchinoke
    Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
    Horimono [carving]: bo-hi on the omote and futasu-bi on the ura
    Nakago [tang]: suriage, sujikai file marks with two holes
    Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 20¾in. (52.6cm.) Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 1¼in. (3.2cm.)
    Sakihaba [width before tip]: 1 1/8in. (2.8cm.)
    Habaki [collar]: two-piece; outer section silver carved with waves, inner section gold
    In shirasaya [wood storage scabbard]

    Koshirae [set of mounts]: comprising a black-lacquer saya and a tsuka wrapped in blue silk mounted with shakudo nanako-ji fuchi-gashira decorated with courtiers playing music in iroe taka-zogan, the gold menuki formed as dragons, the iron mokko tsuba carved with Shoki holding a battle standard by a waterfall while a demon observes, decorated in gold nunome
    With Hozon token (Sword worthy of preserving) certificate no. 304073 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 1985.2.22 (2)

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    At the time this sword was sent to the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai in Tokyo for shinsa and certification it was believed that this was the last sword that Shinkai was known to have made. The NBTHK sent a letter to the owner stating such. Since then, one later blade has been discovered, making this sword the smith's second-to-last blade.