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Katana: Mumei (attributed to Ryumon)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number:23418

Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Signature: Mumei (attributed to Ryumon)

We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku and Regular Saku.
This sword is ranked as Jyojyo Saku for Mumei (Ryumon).
Habaki: Double gold-plated habaki
Blade Length: 69.8 cm (27.48 in)
Curvature: 1.5 cm (0.59 in)
Mekugi Hole: 1
Width at Base: 2.43 cm (0.96 in)
Width at Tip: 1.69 cm (0.67 in)
Thickness: 0.59 cm (0.23 in)
Sword Weight: 570 grams (1.26 lbs)
Era: Late Kamakura period, Karyaku 1 (1326)
Shape: This sword is o-suriage mumei with a slender shape, curvature, and slightly extended tip.
Jigane: The ko-itame hada is well-forged with a dark hue, showing utsuri.
Hamon: Nie-deki suguha with ashi, rounded boshi with a small return.

Features: Ryumon refers to the region of the northern part of Yoshino District in Nara Prefecture, historically known as Ryumon-so. The Karyaku era marks the time when Emperor Go-Daigo, after his defeat in the Shochu Incident (1324), began plotting again to overthrow the Kamakura shogunate. The warrior monks of Nara supported him, and it is believed that the Ryumon swordsmiths were among his allies.

Koshirae: Han Tachi Koshirae.
Tsuba: Tachi tsuba with shakudo sekigane and gold family crests
Fuchikashira: Shakudo nanako with gold lines and detailing
Saya: Dark brown with black patterns, kojiri with shakudo and gold lines
Menuki: Shakudo with carved horse design

Aoi Art’s Comment: The swordsmith who made this sword was active during the Kamakura period (1324), coinciding with the era when Emperor Go-Daigo began secret plans to overthrow the shogunate again. The koshirae is a han-dachi koshirae. The sword is o-suriage mumei with well-preserved details from its era.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper
Whole Oshigata


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