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    Sale 7622

    Japanese Art and Design

    11 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 244

    AN USHU KATANA

    SIGNED USHU YAJIMA SHIN FUJIWARA KUNISHIGE SAKU KORE, AND KEIO SANNEN HACHIGATSU HI [A DAY IN THE EIGHTH MONTH 1867], EDO PERIOD, (19TH CENTURY)

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    AN USHU KATANA
    SIGNED USHU YAJIMA SHIN FUJIWARA KUNISHIGE SAKU KORE, AND KEIO SANNEN HACHIGATSU HI [A DAY IN THE EIGHTH MONTH 1867], EDO PERIOD, (19TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: Hon-zukuri, iori-mune, shallow curve, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Prominent itame-hada
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Suguha-cho with much hotsure and uchi-noke of nie
    Boshi [tip]: Ko-maru
    Nakago [tang]: Ubu, o-sujigai file marks, one mekugi-ana, iriyama-gata jiri
    Habaki [collar]: Single silver-clad copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 72.3cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: Katana mounting , the red and black mottled lacquered saya with a long kojiri with silver rim and some gilt decoration, round iron tsuba with turnips carved in shishiai-bori with some light gilding, the fuchi-kashira of rough ishimeji iron with silver rims, on the fuchi paulownia detailed in gold leaf, menuki of shishi in shibuichi with details in gold


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    Miyazaki Shigeyoshi, or Fujiwara Kunishige signed with two different characters for shige. Inscriptions on blades made by possibly two or more smiths contain both Yajima shin (a retainer of Yajima) and Yajima ju (resident of Yajima), and also shows that they worked in Sekishu (Iwami province the Western part of Shimane Prefecture), Ushu (Dewa province present day Yamagata/Akita Prefectures). The smiths were retained by the Ikoma clan.

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