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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 193

    AN ETCHU WAKIZASHI

    SIGNED UDA KUNIMUNE, MUROMACHI PERIOD (LATE 15TH CENTURY)

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    AN ETCHU WAKIZASHI
    SIGNED UDA KUNIMUNE, MUROMACHI PERIOD (LATE 15TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: slender shinogi zukuri, iori-mune, deep curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: The details are obscured owing to unsatisfactory polish, but prominent itame with masame hada
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunome hamon of ko-nie
    Boshi [tip]: midare komi with ko-aru on the omote and jizo style on the ura
    Nakago [tang]: honzukuri, iori-mune, suriage, three mekugi-ana, file marks under the signature are katte sagari
    Habaki [collar]: single gilt copper
    Nagasa [length] 43.7cm.
    In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]


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    The Uda school of Etchu province is believed to have been established by Kunimitsu who migrated from Uda in Yamato Province in the 14th century. The signature on this blade is that usually attributed to the 4th generation Kunimune who was active during the Bunmei era (1469-87)

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