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    Sale 7622

    Japanese Art and Design

    11 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 245

    A SETTSU WAKIZASHI

    SIGNED MUTTSU (NO) KAMI KANEYASU, WITH VERMILLION LACQUER INSCRIPTION SOSHU SADAMUNE NO UTSUSHI [A COPY OF SOSHU SADAMUNE] AND HOKUSHIN TO KANGENKYO TOSHISADA [THE NORTH STAR SWORD KANGENKYO (ART NAME) TOSHISADA], EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

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    A SETTSU WAKIZASHI
    SIGNED MUTTSU (NO) KAMI KANEYASU, WITH VERMILLION LACQUER INSCRIPTION SOSHU SADAMUNE NO UTSUSHI [A COPY OF SOSHU SADAMUNE] AND HOKUSHIN TO KANGENKYO TOSHISADA [THE NORTH STAR SWORD KANGENKYO (ART NAME) TOSHISADA], EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

    Sugata [configuration]: Broad honzukuri, iori mune, shallow curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Tight ko-itame
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: On the omote suguha with variations having substantial kinsuji, layers of niju-ba and sanju-ba with long uchi-noke, and on the ura gunome with ko-choji, some togariba and kinsuji
    Boshi [tip]: On the omote midare-komi with kaen, and on the ura komaru
    Nakago [tang]: Re-shaped, one mekugi-ana, katte-agari file marks, shallow kurijiri
    Habaki [collar]: Double silver-clad copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 45.3cm
    Horimono [carving]: On the omote a dragon chasing a jewel among waves within a bohi with soebi, the jewel depicted in level gold inlay, and on the ura a bohi with soebi and similar jewel
    Koshirae [mounting]: In a wakizashi mounting with lacquered and incised quasi-wood grain ribbed saya, the round iron tsuba with a silver fukurin carved in relief with a lakeside landscape, boats, and a fisherman taking in his net inscribed Yamashiro Kuni Fushimi (no) ju Kaneie, kozuka of silver migakiji with shakudo and gilt budding plum twigs in suemon zogan, kashira of plain iron, the copper fuchi carved roundly with flowering plum boughs, with menuki of crescent moons over waves in shakudo and silver




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    Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Hozon Token [Sword Worthy of Preservation] issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of The Japanese Art Sword] on 24th April 1987

    Muttsu no kami Kaneyasu was among the last generations of the Tegai school of Yamato, who migrated to Osaka around the end of the 16th century. Among his pupils was the renowned Iga no kami Kanemichi, whose own pupils included Echigo no kami Kanesada. Kaneyasu is known as Hidari Muttsu from his custom of signing in mirror imagery, as with this blade. Another eccentricity is the rather unusual katte-agari file marks. His known dated works made in Settsu Province (Osaka) are from the Kanei (1624-1644) and Jo-o eras (1652-55). The second generation, originally named Kaneshige, and the adopted son of the first generation, signed Muttsu daijo Kaneyasu, and later Muttsu (no) kami Kaneyasu. He is known to have signed Muttsu no kami Kaneshige in mirror-script, but is often referred to as Migi Muttsu (right Muttsu as opposed to left Muttsu) since he did not sign with the mirror imagery after adopting the name Kaneyasu. He was retained by the Mizuno clan, and worked for a time in Shinano. A well-known blade by this second generation is inscribed kabuto wari [helmet splitter].

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