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A Hoki School Ko-Tachi
A Hoki School Ko-Tachi

SIGNED HOKI NO KUNI OHARA SANEMORI AND KATSU, MIDDLE KAMAKURA PERIOD (13TH CENTURY)

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A Hoki School Ko-Tachi
Signed Hoki no kuni Ohara Sanemori and Katsu, middle Kamakura period (13th century)
Honzukuri, iori-mune, chu-kissaki, with shallow koshizori curvature; forging pattern itame with jinie and the tempered edge gunome ko-midare of nie with midare utsuri, yakiotoshi sumihada, o-maru tip; Buddhist ken and bonji carved on the ura, koshi-hi carved on the omote; the tang suriage with three holes
62cm. from the tip to the beginning of tang; curvature of 1.8cm.; 2.9cm. wide at the start of tempered edge; 2cm. wide before tip
Koshirae [set of mounts] comprising a modern black ishimeji saya fitted with matching fuchi-kashira and tsuba of shakudo nanako decorated with wheat, the tsuba signed Munetoshi and with kao (cursive monogram), shakudo nanako kozuka and kogai and menuki, 87cm. long

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Old documents record that Sanemori was a pupil of Yasutsuna of Hoki Province, but signatures on early blades listed as Important Cultural Properties and Important Art Objects are different, and it is not known how many smiths used the name. The character katsu (victory) on the tachi-ura is found on other works of the Kamakura period and on blades of an Ohara Sanemori who was active around the Oei era. Homma Junji conjectures the use of the inscription "Gyonin" (also read "Yukiyoshi"), implies the name of a swordsmith-monk of either Satsuma or Bungo Province who may have been connected with Yukihira (lot 5). The jihada and hamon of this fine old sword are consistent with Hoki work.
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