New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN OSAKA TAMBA KO-WAKIZASHI
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1690), SIGNED TAMBA (NO) KAMI YOSHIMICHI (YOSHIMICHI III)
Configuration (sugata): of strongly curved, flat, wedge section (ohira-zukuri) with shallow peaked back (iori-mune); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 1 sun, 3 bu (34.2cm.); curvature (sori): strong, of 0.8cm.
Forging pattern (jihada): rough wood grain (o-itame).
Tempering pattern (hamon): large, rolling patterns (notare) becoming more subdued approaching the hamachi; on the inside the notare becomes narrower and more subdued whilst on the outside it retains its width, but smooths down; all executed in bright nie splitting into two widely diverging lines of tempering (nijuba) in the monouchi, the upper inside tempering pattern meandering into a low froth resembling blankets of fog.
Point (boshi): midare-komi with small end (ko-maru) and long kaeri.
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): disproportionately long, slender and with a dry, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): strongly sloping (o-sujikai); end (nakagojiri): iri-yamagata; holes (mekugi-ana): one; signature (katanamei): Tamba (no) Kami Yoshimichi.
Ko-wakizashi-koshirae comprising: a russet stone surface saya set with an iron kojiri green-wrapped tsuka fitted with gilt and shakudo katabori menuki in the form of shishi with gold inlay in Kaga style and a pair of iron fuchi-kashira, unsigned; shibuichi mokko hamadashi tsuba incised with rain lines, unsigned--length of koshirae 49.6cm.; length of tsuka 11.9cm.; diameter of tsuba 5.6cm.
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 379083, Showa 54 (1979); and a koshu tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 19329, Showa 54 (1979), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.; a futsu kicho koshirae certificate, no. 54, Showa 54 (1979), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
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