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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 216

    A YAMATO KATANA

    ATTRIBUTED TO RYUMON NOBUYOSHI, KAMAKURA PERIOD (LATE 13TH-EARLY 14TH CENTURY)

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    A YAMATO KATANA
    ATTRIBUTED TO RYUMON NOBUYOSHI, KAMAKURA PERIOD (LATE 13th-EARLY 14TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, wide shinogi-ji, high shinogi, rather deep curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: finely forged itame, thickly spread jinie with fine chikei
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: chu-suguha with ko-choji and gunome, ashi, yo, kinsuji, sunagashi, a bright nioiguchi deep in nioi with much nie
    Boshi [tip]: komaru and slight hakikake
    Nakago [tang]: osuriage, three mekugi-ana of which one plugged, katte sagari file marks, shallow kurijiri tip
    Habaki [collar]: double gold-clad copper
    Nagasa [length]: 68.95cm.
    In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]: shirasaya with an inscription dated May 2006 following polishing and with details of the blade and the Juyo Token registration signed Fukagawa Kansai
    Koshirae [mounting]: uchigatana koshirae with black hiru-maki [spiral-wound] lacquer scabbard, matching mounts comprising silver migaki-ji fuchi-kashira, koiguchi, kurikata, kojiri depicting in iroe suemon zogan the Yoshino Tatsutagawa motif with maple leaves and cherry blossoms on the cascading river, fuchi signed Masanori (kao), menuki of shibuichi also Tatsutagawa in yobori, oval shibuichi tsuba depicting a cherry tree in blossom in gilt takazogan, both hitsu-ana plugged with gold, seal Mitsumasa (19th century)


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    The blade accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Juyo Token [Important Sword] no.12179 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword] on 13rd October 2007

    The mounting accompanied by a Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu [sword fitting specially worthy of preserving] certificate issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword] on 27th June 2006

    Nobuyoshi was a smith of the Senjuin school of Yamato believed to have lived in Ryumon-so of the Kofukuji temple in Nara (Yamato). His works are either in Bizen style with large midareba, suguha with choji, ashi, and ji-utsuri or more in Yamato style with suguha of ko-choji and gunome. His Yamato style work, like this sword, can be compared with the well-known National Treasure blade which has the early form of his two-character signature. This is a beautiful blade by this important smith and in very robust condition in view of its great age

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN OVERSEAS GENTLEMAN