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Katana: Mumei (Taima) (53rd NBTHK Juyo Token)(Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)

Ordering Number:24139

Katana: Shirasaya with Koshirae (53rd NBTHK Juyo Token)(Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)

Signature: Mumei (Taima)

Sayagaki: written by Mr. Tanobe.
53rd Juyo Token, Washu Taima
This is a greatly shortened mumei katana from Taima, which was originally classified by the Honami family as a Yamato blade with a strong nie and an added Soshu-den style. Among the five Yamato schools, it is attributed to the Taima school. This piece features itame mixed with masame, thick nie, and chikei, creating a bright surface with shallow notare mixed with gunome, deep nioi, and rich nie with rough areas, featuring kinsuji and yubashiri. The boshi is large and round, exemplifying the fusion of Yamato and Soshu-den styles. Blade length is approximately 68.9 cm.

We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku and Regular Saku.
This work is ranked as Saijyo Saku for Mumei (Taima).

Habaki: Gold-plated single habaki.
Blade Length: 68.9 cm (27.13 in)
Curvature: 2.0 cm (0.79 in)
Mekugi Hole: 2
Width at Base: 2.83 cm (1.11 in)
Width at Tip: 2.09 cm (0.82 in)
Thickness: 0.57 cm (0.22 in)
Sword Weight: 590 grams (20.81 oz)
Era: the late Kamakura to the Nanbokucho period
Shape: O-suriage mumei with bo-hi and so-hi, deep curvature, and extended kissaki.
Jigane: Itame mixed with masame, featuring chikei.
Hamon: Nie-deki with straight and notare mixed with gunome, featuring nijuba and a soft, round boshi with hakikake.

Features: Taima school was active from the late Kamakura period to Nanbokucho period, and is said to be founded by Kuniyuki. At that time, large temples had great power and armed monks, and Yamatoden swordsmiths belonged to each temple. Toma School are said to have belonged to the Toma Temple in Nara. It is seldom that their works have signatures and most works are Mumei . Works with Kuniyuki signature normally has Itamegokoro Jigane with mainly Suguha Hamon with Sunagashi: very mild style, while Taima school works have extreme Nie and Kinsuji looks like Soshuden works.
Taima works often feature both masame and itame hada, with beautiful jigane and chikei.

Koshirae:(NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)
Tsuba:Round shape iron Tsuba, dragon and cloud design in open work.
Saya:Black Ishimeji paint Saya with dragon and cloud design
Fittings:Dragon and cloud design.

Aoi Art’s Comment: The remarkable jigane of this blade is truly a wonder. The hamon is intricate and well-executed, showcasing excellent craftsmanship. Highly recommended for its exquisite features. Please refer to Mr. Tanobe's sayagaki.

53rd NBTHK Juyo Token
Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu
Aoi Art estimation paper.
Whole Oshigata.

Katana in Shirasaya:3,3000,000 JPY-.
Only Koshirae:3,000,000 JPY

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