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    Sale 7582

    Japanese Art and Design

    14 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 214

    A KASHU KATANA

    SIGNED KASHU KANAZAWA JU FUJIWARA KANEWAKA, EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)

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    A KASHU KATANA
    SIGNED KASHU KANAZAWA JU FUJIWARA KANEWAKA, EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori mune, low curve in Kanbun era style, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: o-itame with mokume, ji-nie and chikei, with masame in places
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunome choji with some tobi-yaki of ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: omote o-maru, ura ko-maru
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, one mekugi-ana, katte sagari file marks, abrupt ha-agari kurijiri tip
    Habaki [collar]:
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 71.6cm


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    Several generations of smiths signing Kanewaka followed the first, who originally came from Mino, and worked in Kaga Province from the Momoyama period onwards. The style of the signature on this sword is rather different from that of the early generations, and in the lack of sure comparative reference material it must be assumed to be a later generation, if not by an unrelated smith. However like many shinshinto swords, the blade is in the Mino style of the Kanewaka family ancestry.

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