New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A KYO HORIKAWA KUNIHIRO TANTO
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1624), SIGNED AWA (NO) KAMI FUJIWARA ARIYOSHI
Configuration (sugata): of flat, wedge section (hira-zukuri) with tri-bevelled back (mitsu-mune); length (nagasa): 9 sun, 6.5 bu (29.3cm.).
Forging pattern (jihada): a rich, fine mokume in classical Horikawa style with an even distribution of fine burl with an overall and ordered turbulance in the pattern.
Tempering pattern (hamon): notare ending in yaki-dashi at the hamachi, all very much in the manner of a Muramasa blade; the flowing cloud-like nioi is underscored just below the hamon with a ghostly line of ko-nie paralleling the hamon in wispy configurations resembling sunagashi.
Point (boshi): rather thick and pointed and with a moderately long kaeri.
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): wide and tapering and with a brown semi-moist patina; file marks (yasurime): slanted (katte-sagari); end (nakagojiri): rounded (kuri-jiri); holes (mekugi-ana): two; signature (katana-mei): Awa (no) Kami Fujiwara Ariyoshi.
Aikuchi-koshirae comprising: a black lacquer saya; a tan-wrapped tsuka fitted with circular gold nanako menuki in the form of kaie-mon of the Hojo clan of Sayama; all the remaining mounts (fuchi kashira, hamadashi tsuba, kozuka, koiguchi, o-kojiri and kurigata) are in silver and deeply carved with crashing waves, unsigned, 19th century, probably Otsuki school--length of koshirae 44.5cm.; length of tsuka 11.9cm.; length of kozuka 8.4cm.
Two silk storage bags. Wood storage box.
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 144460, Showa 43 (1968), by the N.B.T.H.K.
Charles Marchal, Paris
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Polished and restored by Shoyo Hirai, 1968, under the direction of his brother, Hon'ami Nisshu.
Ariyoshi was a student of Kunihiro and his existing works are extremely rare. See Fujishiro, vol. 2, p. 370.
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