Ordering number: 19215
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)(Consignment Sale)
Signature : Satsuma Omi Oku Kozaemon Taira Motohira
Tenmei 3 Nen Mizunoto-U 2 gatsu Kitae kore.(Feb 1783)
ShinShinto: Jyo Jyo Saku: Satsuma
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to yo Jyo saku Jyo Saku Regular saku J ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Single habaki with Shimazu family crest.
Blade length : 68.6 cm or 27.00 inches.
Sori 0.4cm or 0.15 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.03 cm or 1.19 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.99 cm or 0.78 inches.
Kasane : 0.71cm or 0.27 inches.
The weight of the sword 750 grams.
Era : Late Edo period Bunka era. 1807.
Shape : The blade is regular widthm thickness with longer kissaki.
Jigane :Ko Itame hada quite well grained with jinie attach
and strong chikei work, blackish texture.
Hamon :Nie, deki suguha and Notare Ha
with thick nioikuchi and sunagashi, kinsuji work.
Bo-shi: Midarekomi with deep nioikuchi and Hakikake style.
Special feature: Satsuma province produced excellent swordsmiths under the patronage of the Shimazu family.
Motohira, born as a son of retained swordsmith Oku Motonao in 1744 was a representative swordsmith in early Shin-to
period. Motohira succeeded the headship of the family in 1777
and was appointed Yamato (No) Kami in 1789. His younger brothers Mototake
and Motoyasu were also excellent swordsmith and their collaboration still survives.
Motohira passed away in 1826, aged 83.
Saya : Black roar saya.
Tsuba :On the deformed round shape iro Tsuba, rise up the mimi,
engrave a willow tree and a Japanese small boat with a man(fisherman)
in the distance, mountain and shrine are engraved
with a gold collar which looks like a Japanese picture.
Menuki : Japanese suit of armor’s sleeve is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: Satsuma produced many masterworks
under the protection of the Shimadzu Daimyo family.
Motohira is a swordmaker who represents the Satsuma swordsmith.
The birth of Motohira was born in 1744, the first year of Enkyo as Motonao’s son.
He lost his father in 1777, and inherited the family supervisor.
The sword-making was learned by his father, and he was allowed to mark
“Sappn shin Oku Motohira” in Tenmei five years (1785).
. The first year of Kansei (1789) was received at the same time as
Masayuki Tsuji Mamoru in December and Yamato Mamoru was received,
and it is inscribed as “Oku Yamato Morihira Asomiru Motohira” from Kansei 2 years.
We die at the age of eighty-three in July 1863.
In the late Edo period, the Shogunate and Satsuma clan highly encouraged martial arts,
and the Satsuma clan martial arts flourished. Kanmu’s father, who named the Wild sword
White Sakutoryu, is a character called Kantomi (Kanei, 1748-Kansei, 1798),
but the relation with this work is unclear.
anyway, this sword is a high ranking sword that looks like old Koto Shizu or samonji.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.