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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 194

    AN ETCHU WAKIZASHI

    SIGNED KUNITSUGU, MUROMACHI PERIOD (15TH CENTURY)

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    AN ETCHU WAKIZASHI
    SIGNED KUNITSUGU, MUROMACHI PERIOD (15TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: shobu zukuri, high shinogi, shallow curve
    Kitae [forging pattern]: hada fine ko-itame, jinie overall Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha cho of nioi with ko-nie and some kinsuji
    Boshi [tip]: yakitsume with kaen
    Horimono [carvings]: sashi omote a single narrow groove on the hiraji extending two thirds along the blade; sashi ura a similar narrow groove and a deep naginata koshibi on the shinogi-ji
    Nakago [tang]: Suriage, four mekugi-ana, three of which plugged with lead, orikaeshi-mei Kunitsugu,'Kuni' on sashi-ura, original file marks indistinct
    Habaki [collar]: single copper-gilt
    Nagasa [length]: 39.1cm.
    In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]


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    The sword is by one of the three or more generations signing Kunitsugu in the Uda school during the fifteenth century following the first Kunitsugu, the son of Kunifusa

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