New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A LATER SATSUMA MASAFUSA WAKIZASHI
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1715), SIGNED (AOIMON) MONDO (NO) SHO MASAKIYO (ATTRIBUTED TO MASAKIYO I)
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), and large point (o-gissaki); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 2 sun, 9 bu (39.3cm.); curvature (sori): torii-zori of 1.1cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 0.8cm.
Forging pattern (jihada): very compact wood grain (itame). Tempering pattern (hamon): notare with a very profuse number of nie.
Point (boshi): inside (ura): pointed brush tip (hakikake), outside (omote): broad brush tip (hakikake), both with long kaeri.
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): tapering and with a very dry, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): slanted (katte-sagari); end (nakagojiri): iri-yamagata; holes (mekugi-ana): one; signature (katanamei): (Aoimon) Mondo (no) Sho Masakiyo.
Wakizashi-koshirae comprising: a red and black saya made to simulate straight wood grain; green-wrapped tsuka with copper and gold menuki of persimmons (kaki) and fitted with a pair of shibuichi fuchi kashira carved shishiaibori with gold highlights depicting the Eight Sennin, signed Isseido Joi, but possibly a copy by Taizan Motozane; a similar shibuichi tsuba with an ishime ground carved in shishiaibori with gold highlights depicting the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, signed on an inlaid silver panel, Otsuryuken Miboku (Hamano)--length of koshirae 59.5cm.; length of tsuka 14.3cm.; diameter of tsuba 7.1cm.
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