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    Sale 7582

    Japanese Art and Design

    14 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 224

    A SO-DEN BIZEN WAKIZASHI

    ATTRIBUTED TO KANENAGA, NANBOKUCHO PERIOD (14TH CENTURY)

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    A SO-DEN BIZEN WAKIZASHI
    ATTRIBUTED TO KANENAGA, NANBOKUCHO PERIOD (14TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, deep even curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: itame with ji-nie
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunome with choji, midare, ashi, yo, shimaba, and sunagashi in deep nioi and bright nie
    Boshi [tip]: midare-komi with hakikake
    Nakago [tang]: o-suriage, katte-sagari file marks, one mekugi-ana, kiri tip
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 54.1cm
    Horimono [carving]: kakitosu bohi
    Koshirae [mounting]: a wakizashi koshirae with black lacquer saya, tsuka with solid gold Goto school menuki formed as tigers (18th century), shakudo nanako fuchi with gold inlaid scrolling, iron mokko tsuba with dragons and Chinese characters in gold and silver nunome zogan in Nagasaki style (c 1650), a shakudo nanako kozuka with labourers sliding a boulder along wooden rollers, signed Goto Etsujo (1624-1708, founder of the Rikei branch line of the Goto family) gold and silver inlay, and inscribed with a poem on the back, with a solid gold seppa, together with silk and brocade bags and a storage box.


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    Accompanied by a Juyo Token [Important Sword] certificate issued by the Nihon Bijutu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword], no. 6094 in 1977, and a Tokubetsu Kicho Koshirae [Particularly Valuable Fittings] certificate issued by the Nihon Bijutu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword] in 1st November, 1977
    Kanenaga of Osafune was a member of the group descended from Chogi (Nagayoshi). The majority of his dated works are from the period around 1360-1390.This wakizashi displays a typical hamon in the Soshu-Bizen tradition, with profuse bright, active nie, and well merits the fine quality koshirae which it accompanies. Lord Maeda, in a letter accompanying the blade, attributes the blade to Aoe Tsuguyoshi, probably because of the active choji hamon and ashi.

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    Provenance

    The Maeda family, daimyo of Kanazawa in Kaga Province
    Dr Walter Ames Compton


    Literature

    Juyo Token Nado Zufu vol. 25
    One Hundred Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr Walter Ames Compton, Christie Manson and Woods, 1992, no 22.