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    Sale 7622

    Japanese Art and Design

    11 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 234

    A BIZEN KATANA

    SIGNED BIZEN KUNI (NO) JU OSAFUNE KIYOMITSU SAKU, AND EIROKU JUNEN HACHIGATSU KICHIJITSU (AN AUSPICIOUS DAY IN THE EIGHTH MONTH 1567)

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    A BIZEN KATANA
    SIGNED BIZEN KUNI (NO) JU OSAFUNE KIYOMITSU SAKU, AND EIROKU JUNEN HACHIGATSU KICHIJITSU (AN AUSPICIOUS DAY IN THE EIGHTH MONTH 1567)
    Sugata [configuration]: Hon-zukuri, iori-mune, broad shallow curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Itame-hada with jinie, some scattered utsuri associated with sumi-hada
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha with small variations, ashi and yo, with pronounced yubashir
    Boshi [tip]: Ko-maru
    Nakago [tang]: Ubu with slight machi-okuri, katte-sagari file marks, two mekugi-ana, abrupt ha-agari kuri-jiri
    Habaki [collar]: Single solid silver
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 72.5cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: in shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]


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    Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Hozon Token [Sword Worthy of Preservation] no. 363918, issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of The Japanese Art Sword] on 1st April 2003

    There were many excellent smiths named Kiyomitsu in the sue-Bizen (late Bizen) school from around the middle of the sixteenth century. The modes of signature varied even with individual smiths, and it is not known for certain how many used the personal names found on dated pieces, such as Gorozaemon, Yosozaemon-no-jo, Magozaemon, Magoyuemon,Magobei, Shinjuro, Yabei and others. Moreover the swords are all generally of the characteristic robust and slightly narrowing shape of this piece, and this together with the similarity in steel texture tells of the very close relationship between the Osafune smiths at the time.

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    Provenance

    The Tomio Ohtani Collection