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    Sale 7622

    Japanese Art and Design

    11 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 235

    A GENDAITO

    SIGNED JINCHU HOKOKU [UTMOST LOYALTY FOR THE NATION], MINAMOTO YOSHIMUNE SAKU, AND KOKI NISEN ROPPYAKU SANNEN JUGATSU [THE 2603RD YEAR FOLLOWING THE BIRTH OF THE NATION ACCORDING TO THE ANCIENT SHINTO DATING SYSTEM - OCTOBER 1942, SHOWA 1942]

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    A GENDAITO
    SIGNED JINCHU HOKOKU [UTMOST LOYALTY FOR THE NATION], MINAMOTO YOSHIMUNE SAKU, and KOKI NISEN ROPPYAKU SANNEN JUGATSU [The 2603rd year following the birth of the nation according to the ancient Shinto dating system - OCTOBER 1942, SHOWA 1942]
    Sugata [configuration]: Hon-zukuri, iori-mune, koshizori curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Fine ko-itame or muji-hada
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Gunome-choji of nioi with many kinsuji, sunagashi, ashi and yo
    Boshi [tip]: On the omote midare-komi with togari, and on the ura ko-maru kaeri
    Nakago [tang]: Ubu, sujikai and kessho file marks, one mekugi-ana, ha-agari kuri-jiri
    Habaki [collar]: Single copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 67.1cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: In Gunto mounting


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    Takahashi Yoshimune of Ehime Prefecture was the elder brother of Takahashi Sadatsugu, who became the first swordsmith to be designated a Ningen Kokuho [Living National Treasure] in 1955. He studied under Yokoyama Sukesada, Itsumi Yoshitaka, and also Enju Kunitoshi. He later worked in Osaka with Sadatsugu. The sword particularly reflects his early schooling in the Bizen style under Yokoyama Sukesada, and the quality of the blade is commensurate with the sentiment put into its manufacture as recorded by the loyal inscription on the tang.

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    Literature

    The Token-kai Sword Register of the United Kingdom, No. 63