New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN EARLY KOTO TACHI
KAMAKURA PERIOD (CIRCA 13TH CENTURY), BEARING INSET SIGNATURE, SHINSOKU
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and small point (ko-kissaki); length (nagasa): 2 shaku, 2 sun, 1 bu (67.2cm.); curvature (sori): strong koshi-zori of 2.5cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 1.2cm.; carving (horimono): maru-dome bo-hi (later) on both sides.
Forging pattern (jihada): burl grain (mokume).
Tempering pattern (hamon): small and medium clove patterns (ko-choji/sugu-choji).
Point (boshi): midare-komi with no kaeri.
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): o-suriage; file marks (yasurime): new (kiri-yasuri); holes (mekugi-ana): four; signature inset (gaku-mei): Shinsoku
Shirasaya with inscription reading Matsudaira ke zo (Matsudaira household collection) and an inscription claiming that in the early days of the Kamakura shogunate, in February, 1252, Prince Munetaka, son of the Emperor, went from Kyoto to Kamakura to open the government and was attended by Kiyohara Noritaka Sagami-no-Suke Mikawa-no-Kami, of the rank of Dai Ki Sho Go-I (and later the rank of Hiki Tsuke Shu), to whom he gave the sword.
Accompanied by an origami (photostat only) bearing the seal of Shogun Tokugawa Ienari stating that the blade had been given to the Matsudaira family, and an origami (photostat only), dated Meiji 9 (1876) and signed by the Iwakura household, stating that the blade had been given (to Prince Iwakura Tomomi) by the Matsudaira.
Tokugawa Ienari (purported)
Matsudaira family (purported)
Iwakura Tomomi (purported)
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