22 October 1992,
New York, Park Avenue
Price realised USD 6,050
USD 7,000 - USD 10,000
A MINO SEKI KO-WAKIZASHI
MUROMACHI PERIOD (CIRCA 1450), SIGNED KANEMOTO, ATTRIBUTED TO KANEMOTO I
Configuration (sugata): of flat, wedge section (hira-zukuri) with tri-bevelled back (mitsu-mune); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 2 sun, 8 bu (38.7cm.); curvature (sori): almost none (saki-zori); carving (horimono): inside (ura): katana-hi ni tsure hi; outside (omote): sanko-ken.
Forging pattern (jihada): rough wood grain (itame).
Tempering pattern (hamon): peaked invections (kataochi-gonome) with massive 'swept sands' (sunagashi) in coarse nie (ara-nie); at the monouchi the hamon abruptly turns into a wide, irregular suguba, again in ara-nie. Point (boshi): a long, pointed brush (hakikake) with a Jizo-like outline. Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): ship's bottom (funegata); file marks (yasurime): hatched (higaki-yasuri); holes (mekugi-ana): two; signature (katanamei): Kanemoto.
Shirasaya; together with an old shirasaya with sayagaki by Kasumi Toshio (Shunsui).
Silk storage bag.
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 71936, Showa 38 (1963), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
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