Dai Sho in Shirasaya with Koshirae : attributed as Yoshioka Ichimonji and Sue Mihara

Order number : 14871

Dai Sho in Shirasaya with Koshirae (consinment sale)

Dai : Katana
Signature : Mumei (unsigned) attributed as Yoshioka Ichimonji (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jojo Saku ranking.

The blade is polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled single Habaki with peony flower carved amazing carft work.
Blade length : 65 cm or 25.6 inches.
Sori : 2.1 cm or 0.83 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.93 cm or 1.15 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.83 cm or 0.72 inches.
Kasane : 0.70 cm or 0.28 inches.

Era : Late Kamakura period.
Shape : The blade is Osuriage mumei (cut shortened) with deep curve nice looking shape.
Jigane : Itame-hada and Mokume-hada mixed with deep Jinie attach and Utsuri appear on the surface of the blade.
Hamon :Choji-Midare and small Choji-Midare with Ashi and Yo work.

Special feature : Norimune who was serving for Gotoba-Joko as the swordsmith is the founder of Ichimonji school. At first Fukuoka Ichimonji school has been started at the east riverside of Yoshi-Kawa at Bizen province around early Kamakura period. And then, Yoshioka Ichimonji school has been started at north of Fukuoka around later KAmakuraperiod.
The difference of Fukuoka and Yoshioka Ichimonji were, Fukuoka Ichimonji made gorgeous Choji-Midare Hamon but Yoshioka made modest Choji-Midare. Swords forged by both Ichimonji school are the top ranking swords at that ages.

The following Tachi and Naginata are two Yoshioka Icimonji blades known as Japanese national treasures.

Tachi : Ichi-Bishu-Koku-Yoshioka-Ju-Sakon-Syogen-Sukemitsu
Namu-Hachiman-Daibosatsu-Manmyogen-Dai-Bosatsu Genko 2 Nen 3 Gatsu Hi … This blade has been gifted to Abe Bungo Kami Tadaaki from Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu for credit working when huge flood happened at Sumida river.

Naginata : Ichi Bishu Koku Yoshioka Ju Sakon Syogen Sukemitsu
Genou 2 Nen Kanoe-Saru 11 Gatsu Hi … Owned by lineage of Kaga Maeda Daimyo clan.

 

Wakizashi Sho (small size) (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature :Oosurigae Mumei (cut shortened) attributed as Sue Mihara.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jy saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jo saku ranking.

The blade was polished.
Habaki :gold foiled single Habaki.
Blade length : 44.8 cm or 17.6 inches.
Sori : 1.1 cm or 0.43 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.47 cm or 0.97 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.93 cm or 0.76 inches.
Kasane : 0.45 cm or 0.18 inches.
Era : Later Muromachi period.
Shape : The blade is Osurriage Mumei with deep curve and long Kissaki nice looking shape.
Jigane : Koitame-Hada well grained with Jinie attach soft feeling texture. Ume-gane done to Sashiomote side of the blade.
Hamon : Suguha with deep Nioikuchi bright Hamon.

Special feature : The Mihara schools started at Kamakura period and then continued up to Edo period.
Mihara blades forged during Kamakura to Nanbokucho period are called ‘Komihara’, and the blades forged during early ot mid Muromachi period are called ‘Mihara’. And the blades forged at later Muromachi period are categorized as ‘Seu-Mihara’.
This blade seems to be made around Eisho era (AD1504~1520) so the blade shoul be Sue-Mihara.
The blade is having nice soft feeling texture and Suguha-Hamon with deep Nioikuchi.

Koshirae : Handachi Koshirae, the quality and the condition are very nice.
Saya : Kawarinuri Saya.
Tsuba : Chrysanthemum flowers and fans are carved on Mokko shape Tsuba with gold color.
Menuki : Mitu-Tomoe family crest are carved on Menuki for Katana, Gunbai is carved with gold color on Menuki for Wakizashi.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper (Dai)
NBTHK Hozon paper (Sho)
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY 2,500,000-. (shipping costs not included in price)
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