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    Sale 7582

    Japanese Art and Design

    14 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 203

    A KATANA IN TACHI SAYA

    SIGNED BISHU OSAFUNE NORIMITSU SAKU AND BUNMEI SANNEN HACHI GATSU JITSU [A DAY IN THE EIGHTH MONTH 1471], MUROMACHI PERIOD, 1471

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    A KATANA IN TACHI SAYA
    SIGNED BISHU OSAFUNE NORIMITSU SAKU AND BUNMEI SANNEN HACHI GATSU JITSU [A DAY IN THE EIGHTH MONTH 1471], MUROMACHI PERIOD, 1471

    The katana ubu, length 70.0cm, deep Bizen-zori curve, a fine ko-itame with ji-nie, large gunome choji hamon, the tachi saya black lacquer with shell inlay and shakudo fittings, the tsuba and tsuka missing


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    Although the blade is rusted and rubbed overall the characteristics are visible in the clean area under the habaki. The style of the signature is similar to that of Gorozaemon Norimitsu who worked between the 1420s and 1470s in Osafune village, and has left a sword dated 1477 made when he was 72 years old, and who it is believed was succeeded by further generations.

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