New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A SHINSHINTO MIMASAKA NAGINATA
EDO PERIOD, DATED BUNKA 13 (1815), SIGNED SAKUYO-SHI KANETOSHI TSUKURU
Configuration (sugata): naginata without yokote and with a tri-bevelled back (mitsu-mune); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 4 sun, 6.5 bu (44.5cm.); carving (horimono): naginata-hi on either side.
Forging pattern (jihada): a fine pear skin (nashiji).
Tempering pattern (hamon): suguba with some gonome in nie and with prolific ji-nie.
Point (boshi): medium rounded (chu-maru).
inside (ura): cleaned and ubu; file marks (yasurime): kesho-yasuri and vertical; end (nakagojiri): ha-agari kuri-jiri; holes (mekugi-ana): one; signature (mei): Sakuyo-shi Kanetoshi tsukuru; date (jidai): Bunka 13-nen 8-gatsu hi (a day in the 8th month of Bunka 13 ).
Silk storage bag.
Accompanied by a futsu kicho token certificate, no number, Showa 34 (1959), by the N.B.T.H.K.
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Kanetoshi of Mino worked for the Matsukura family, daimyo of Mimasaka, Okayama. He was a samurai working in Sakuyo, in southern Mimasaka.
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