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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 203

    A MINO KATANA

    SIGNED KANEMOTO, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

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    A MINO KATANA
    SIGNED KANEMOTO, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, somewhat deep even curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: pale ko-itame
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: sanbonsugi of tight nioiguchi of nioi with ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: midare-komi with sanbonsugi continuing into a komaru return
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, one mekugi-ana, higaki file marks, ha-agari kurijiri tip
    Habaki [collar]: single silver
    Nagasa [length]: 71.8cm.
    Koshirae [mounting]: red lacquered yasumizaya


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    This is a sound sword in Mino style with the characteristic sanbonsugi [triple cryptomeria] hamon established in Mino province during the 16th century by Magoroku Kanemoto, whose school continued over several generations into the Edo period both in Mino and other provinces like Echizen. The work of Kanemoto was admired for its cutting efficacy, and swords by Kanemoto were highly acclaimed by the Yamano family of sword testers during the Edo period

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