New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
SHINTO: VARIOUS SCHOOLS
A MINO SEKI TANTO
MOMOYAMA PERIOD (CIRCA 1600), SIGNED HIDA (NO) KAMI FUJIWARA UJIFUSA
Configuration (sugata): of curved, wedge section (ohira-zukuri) with tri-bevelled back (mitsu-mune); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 1 sun, 3 bu (34.3cm.); curvature (sori): 0.7cm.; carving (horimono): katana-hi ni tsure-hi on both sides.
Forging pattern (jihada): very fine wood grain (ko-itame). Tempering pattern (hamon): shallow waves and large invections (notare o-gonome) in very bright, fine nie.
Point (boshi): brushed tip (hakikake).
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): wide, tapering, ubu and with a moist, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): sloping (sujikai); end (nakagojiri): rounded (kuri-jiri); holes (mekugi-ana): two; signature (katanamei): Hida (no) Kami Fujiwara Ujifusa.
Tanto-koshirae (probably early Edo) comprising: a red lacquered saya and tsuka in the form of a lobster tail and fitted with dark shibuichi kojiri, kurikata, koiguchi, uragawara and fuchi kashira; the tsuka is set with two gilt mon; a set of Goto shakudo nanako kozuka and kogai decorated in gold and shakudo with woodland plants and butterflies, unsigned, probably 18th century--length of koshirae 51.2cm.; length of tsuka 12.8cm.; length of kozuka 9.5cm.; length of kogai 21.1cm.
Silk brocade and silk storage bags.
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 55505, Showa 36 (1961), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
Joseph U. Seo, New York
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