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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 217

    A BIZEN TACHI

    SIGNED NAGAMITSU, KAMAKURA PERIOD (13TH-14TH CENTURY)

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    A BIZEN TACHI
    SIGNED NAGAMITSU, KAMAKURA PERIOD (13TH-14TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iorimune, deep koshizori, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: close ko-itame with mokume, vivid midare utsuri
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: choji with gunome with ashi and yo, bright and rather tight nioiguchi with ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: shallow notare with komaru
    Horimono [carvings]: on the omote a so-no-kurikara and on the ura the characters 'Hachiman Daibosatsu' much depleted by polishing.
    Nakago [tang]: suriage, katte sagari file marks, four mekugi-ana, ha-agari kurijiri tip, with the two-character signature close to the mune just below the middle of the tang.
    Habaki [collar]: double gold with myoga mon
    Nagasa [length]: 69.2cm.
    In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]


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    Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Tokubetsu Juyo Token [Specially Important Sword] no. 441 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword] on 8th November 1989

    Nagamitsu was the son of Mitsutada of Osafune in Bizen Province. His dated works show him to have been active from the Bun'ei (1264-1275) to the Kagen (1303-1306) eras. He made both broad and powerful tachi with grandiose midareba hamon and also slender elegant blades with suguha. The suguha blades, including those signed Sakon Shoken Nagamitsu, are of the later period, leading to the theory that there were two smiths of the name. However the same later tendency towards quieter hamon is seen also on works of the Ichimonji and Rai schools, and the question remains unresolved.
    This fine tachi exhibits the clear round-headed choji typical of the work of Nagamitsu, with gunome, rich in variation including choji ashi, and yo. The utsuri is formed in well-defined continuous undulating bands found on both the midareba and suguha works of Nagamitsu. The boshi has the shallow notare and komaru known as the sansaku style ('The Three Makers'), being common to the work of the three smiths Mitsutada, Nagamitsu, and Sanenaga. The sword is particularly noteable in the brightness and serenity of the nioiguchi. It is a most healthy blade with excellent jihada and hamon, and an outstanding example of the work of one of the most famous of sword smiths whose work is rarely seen outside Japan.

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    Provenance

    Nabeshima clan


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN OVERSEAS COLLECTOR