12 November 1996
A KASHU TANTO WITH TOGIDASHI LACQUER SAYA AND SILVER KOSHIRAE
Mei: Kashu ju Kanewaka, 18th Century
The blade hirazukuri, iorimune with carving of ken on one side and gomabashi to the other, forging pattern itame and tempered edge midare of nie and ko-nie, kaeri-boshi, tang machiokuri with two holes, 23.2cm.; encased in roiro-nuri lacquer saya decorated with ginko leaves in gold togidashi and kimpun, with a scabbard ornament formed as a toad, furnished with silver aikuchi mounts en suite carved with waves, the kozuka carved in katakiribori with dragon, signed Irie Sadayoshi and Kao, tsuka lacquered resembling wood with a decoration of silver coiled snake, (minor wear), 19th Century
Mrs. T.S. Hall's Collection no. 18.
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Sadayoshi, the artist for the mounts is a son of tsuka maker Sakuzaemon. He was a student of Kiyochika and later, Mito kinko worker Sadakatsu.
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