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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 210

    A HIZEN KATANA

    SIGNED HIZEN KUNI FUJIWARA MUNETSUGU SAKU, EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)

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    A HIZEN KATANA
    SIGNED HIZEN KUNI FUJIWARA MUNETSUGU SAKU, EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, even curve, o-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: tight ko-itame with ji-nie
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: regular gunome with ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: komaru
    Nakago [tang]: one mekugi-ana, kiri file marks, ha-agari kurijiri tip
    Habaki [collar]: single copper gold-clad
    Nagasa [length]: 63.2cm.
    Koshirae [mounting]: black lacquer saya with military leather cover, fuchi-kashira of shakudo nanako with gold inlaid katabami [wood sorrel] mon signed Teruchika, menuki of triple katabami mon in gold and shakudo, round iron tsuba with gold inlaid geometrical and stylized floral designs, 19th century


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    The smith was originally named Sagenta, and became the seventh generation signing Munetsugu following Iyo no Jo Munetsugu, a contemporary of Tadayoshi I in Hizen Province in the early 17th century. He wrote a treatise on sword-making, the Katana Uchidashi Kodensho [Oral tradition of Sword-making], and died in 1869 at the age of 82. Both he and his successor, Munetsugu VIII, continued with the Hizen tradition of very fine itame and jinie, although their hamon were perhaps more regularly contrived than those of their predecessors.

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