Browse Lots

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
A Hizen Wakizashi
A Hizen Wakizashi

SIGNED OMI DAIJO FUJIWARA TADAYOSHI (IV) AND DATED KYOHO JUNEN NIGATSU KICHIJITSU (1725.2)

Details
A Hizen Wakizashi
Signed Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadayoshi (IV) and dated Kyoho junen nigatsu kichijitsu (1725.2)
The configuration broad honzukuri, iori-mune, chu-kissaki and shallow toriizori with a forging pattern of ko-itame with jinie (konuka), faint parallel lines of nie above the hamon on the omote, suguha of ko-nie with ashi and yo and with a ko-maru boshi, carved with a dragon and Buddhist ken on the omote and tsume and gomabashi on the ura; the tang ubu and fitted with a double gilt-copper habaki
51.4cm. from tip to beginning of tang; 1cm. curvature; 3.4cm. wide at start of tempered edge; 2.4cm. wide before tip
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard] with a seal stating this is a sho-to (short sword) and Yamato no Kami Yoshimichi was the dai-to (long sword) to make the pair

Lot Essay

Tadayoshi IV (1661-1747) was the son-in-law of the third generation Mutsu no Kami Tadayoshi. The work is classic Hizen style with the finest konuka (rice bran) hada, and hamon of bright, even ko-nie. The faint long lines of nie on the hiraji are sometimes found on other work by this smith. The horimono is in Hizen style and characteristically centered on the shinogi, and as with many Hizen swords, was possibly carved by a specialist other than the smith.
;

More from IMPORTANT SWORDS FROM THE MUSEUM OF JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS

View All
View All