Katana:Mumei (Ayakoji)(49th Juyo Token) (Consignment Sale)

Ordering number:24117

Katana in Shirasaya (49th Juyo Token) (Consignment Sale)

Signature: Mumei (Ayakoji)

Sayagaki: Ayakoji province. Unsigned, polished, old elegance and rich taste are evident. Likely made by Nakasada, a renowned smith within the same school, this blade showcases a classic mid-Kamakura period shape with a body forged in an outwardly curved manner. Blade length is 71.6 cm (28.19 in). Appreciated by Tansan with his seal, Kao.

We categorize our swordsmith’s works into four sections: Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku, and Regular Saku. This piece is rated as Saijyo Saku for an unsigned (Ayakoji).

Habaki: Solid gold 40 grams (18k).
Blade length: 71.6 cm (28.19 in).
Curvature: 1.7 cm (0.67 in).
Mekugi holes: 2.
Width at the base (Motohaba): 2.79 cm (1.10 in).
Width at the tip (Sakihaba): 1.69 cm (0.67 in).
Thickness of rim (Kasane): 0.55 cm (0.22 in).
Sword weight: 580 grams.
Era: Mid Kamakura period, around the Hoji era (circa 1247 AD, 777 years ago).
Shape: Characteristic of the mid Kamakura period, curved towards the tip with a deep presence.
Jigane: Fine ko-itame hada well laid with a scattered ‘nijuba’ and ‘chikei’.
Hamon: Gentle undulating notare with a deep nioiguchi, made of nie with soft features in choji-midare style. The hamon continues with small irregularities towards the sharp edge.
The hamon is soft and rounded, typical of high artistry.

Comment from Aoi Art: This blade is attributed to Ayakoji and comes with an appraisal certificate from both NBTHK Hozon Token and similar judgment by Mr. Tanobe. It is a masterpiece from the mid Kamakura period and is currently designated as a Juyo Token. The shape is well-preserved, elegant, and likely once belonged to a high-ranking official. The exact owner from the past is unknown.

49th Juyo Token
Authenticated as a genuine work by Aoi Art
Complete Oshigata.


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