• Arts of the Samurai  auction at Christies

    Sale 2378

    Arts of the Samurai

    23 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 7

    Atarashi Yoshitaka (b. 1957)

    Kuzu no Yoshifusa (Yoshifusa with arrowroot), 2009
    Lacquer blade for a slung sword (tachi), replica of 13th-century blade, on lacquer display mounting sealed Yoshitaka

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    Atarashi Yoshitaka (b. 1957)
    Kuzu no Yoshifusa (Yoshifusa with arrowroot), 2009
    Lacquer blade for a slung sword (tachi), replica of 13th-century blade, on lacquer display mounting sealed Yoshitaka
    Wood box frame with acrylic window
    21 x 121cm.; box frame 40 x 150cm
    With certificate signed Atarashi Yoshitaka zo, sealed Yoshi, titled "Kuzu no Yoshifusa," and numbered 137


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    This is a lacquer replica of a blade for a thirteenth-century slung sword (tachi) by Yoshifusa. It is made as one piece together with a black-lacquer mounting with design of arrowroot (kuzu), giving the work its title, "Yoshifusa with arrowroot."

    Yoshifusa, a smith of the Fukuoka Ichimonji school, made blades with an exceptionally flowery tempering line (hamon) of clove-shaped waves, as in the lively pattern seen in here in the lacquer copy. The original blade is a National Treasure once owned by the Tokugawa family. As on the original, the smith's name is inscribed on the tang. One of the three holes (mekugi-ana) in the tang is shown plugged. There is a National Treasure blade for a tachi by Yoshifusa in the exhibition "Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156--1868," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 21 October 2009--10 January 2010. Tachi were the long swords worn by armored samurai on horseback. They were carried suspended from the belt by two cords or chains.