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    Sale 7582

    Japanese Art and Design

    14 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 209

    A YAMASHIRO WAKIZASHI

    SIGNED (KIKU MON) IZUMI (NO) KAMI RAI KINMICHI, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

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    A YAMASHIRO WAKIZASHI
    SIGNED (KIKU MON) IZUMI (NO) KAMI RAI KINMICHI, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, shallow curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame with chikei
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: shallow o-notare with gunomeba in the upper third of the blade
    Boshi [tip]: ko-maru with hakikake
    Nakago [tang]: ubu, o-sujigai file marks, two mekugi-ana, sharp ha-agari kurijiri tip
    Habaki [collar]: lightly silvered double copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 53.6cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: in shirasaya


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    The first Rai Kinmichi was, together with the elder brother brother Iga no kami Kinmichi, Tamba no kami Yoshimichi, and Etchu no kami Masatoshi, son of Kanemichi of Seki, who sometime during the Eiroku era (1558-1570) went to Kyoto. The Sanpin group, as they became known came to exert considerable influence in the allocation of titular honours during the Edo period. Successive generations of the family exercised the right to carve the chrysanthemum mon on the tangs of their work. The third generation Rai Kinmichi was granted the title Izumi no kami during the Enpo era (1673-1681), inherited by the fourth generation. This blade appears to be by Kinmichi III.

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