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    Sale 7582

    Japanese Art and Design

    14 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 237

    A BIZEN KATANA

    SIGNED BIZEN KUNI (NO) JU YOSOZAEMON (NO) JO SUKESADA, AND DATED TENBUN ROKUNEN NIGATSU KICHIJITSU [AN AUSPICIOUS DAY IN THE 2ND MONTH 1537), MUROMACHI PERIOD

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    A BIZEN KATANA
    SIGNED BIZEN KUNI (NO) JU YOSOZAEMON (NO) JO SUKESADA, AND DATED TENBUN ROKUNEN NIGATSU KICHIJITSU [AN AUSPICIOUS DAY IN THE 2ND MONTH 1537), MUROMACHI PERIOD
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, thick kasane, strong sakizori curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: well-forged close itame with fine chikei
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: wide bright hamon with koshiba in complex gunome midare with angular gunome, ashi, and yo, of nioi with ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: deep midare-komi komaru with slight kaeri
    Horimono [carvings]: bohi with tsurehi kakitoshi
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, three mekugi-ana of which two are plugged, katte sagari file marks, ha-agari kurijiri tip
    Habaki [collar]: double gold-clad copper
    Nagasa [length]: 67.0cm.
    Koshirae [mounting]: in shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]


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    Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Juyo Token [Important Sword] no.7479 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword] on 23rd November 1983

    This blade is by Yosozaemon Sukesada, the most skilful of many smiths who signed with the name Sukesada in Osafune village of Bizen Province during the 'Sue-Bizen' (late Bizen school) epoch. Yosozaemon, followed by a Hikobei Sukesada, Genbei Sukesada, and a number of other individually named smiths made fine quality blades compared with the work of the large number of smiths who turned out large numbers of poorer swords to supply the demand of the provincial armies during the period of civil wars in the 16th Century. During the early Edo period Shichibei Sukesada of Osafune, who claimed fifth generation descent from Yosozaemon, and his son Kozuke no Suke Sukesada made flamboyant blades inspired by the style of Yosozaemon.

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    Please note that the estimate for this lot is GBP 30,000 - 40,000 and not GBP 30,000 - 35,000