Katana:Mumei(judged as Shikkake)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number: AS22122
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)

Signature : Mumei(judged as Shikkake)
無銘(尻懸)

Sayagaki:(translation) The first generation of Shikkake school. Osuriage Mumei. Shinosuji is high, Itame flows along the edge, mixed with Suguha-like Gunome. Nie is thick. Sunagashi, Kinsuji, Yubashiri, Hotsure, etc. are visible in Hamon. Boshi is Hakikake and ends with Yakizume: it has strong characteristics of Yamato school. Especially, this particular Gunome seems to be their characteristic. It has great points of appreciation. Blade Length: 2 Shaku 2 Sun 9 Bu. Written by Tanzan.

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo-jyo saku ranking.
habaki: Gold foiled single Habaki
The blade was polished.
Blade length: 69.4cm or 27.32inches.
Sori: 1.8cm or 0.70inches.
Mekugi: 2
Width at the hamachi: 2.81cm or 1.10inches.
Width at the Kissaki:1.76cm or 0.69inches.
Kasane:0.63cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword:655grams
Era: The late Kamakura period
Shape: Osuriage Mumei. Shinog is left with deep Sori.
Jigane: Itamehada is mixed with O-Itame and Mokume. Slight Utsuri appears.
Hamon: Koniedeki, Ko-Gunomemidare works well with active Koashi and Ha. Sunagashi works in Hachu and Kinsuji is visible. Boshi is rounded and becomes like Yakizume: characteristics of Shikkake school.

Special feature: This work is supposed to be made by Shikkake. The shape is Osuriage Mumei with strong Sori and slightly longer Kissaki. Shogiji has traces of Mokume/Masame: it looks much older. Yamato 5 Schools are: Taima, Hosho, Shikkake, Tegai, and Senjuin. All of them were swordsmiths to make swords for monks. That is why there are seldom works with signature. Shikkake school tends to make Gunome works, and Mr. Tanobe judged this as Shikkake the 1st generation.

Koshirae: Tachi Koshirae
Tsuba: Tachi Tsuba, arabesque pattern, Yotsume Hishi Mon and Mari Hasami Mon are engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira and other fittings: arabesque pattern, Yotsume Hishi Mon and Mari Hasami Mon are engraved with gold color.
Menuki: Ken and dragon are engraved with gold color.
Saya: Gold Nashiji Saya, Yotsume Hishi Mon and Mari Hasami Mon with gold Makie.

From Aoi Art: This work has lots of interesting points, and it has no Hi, so we can watch the whole Shinogiji. Itamehada is mixed with Mokumehada. It is really nicely-made with gorgeous Jigane and elegant Hamon. It is made in the Kamakura period, but it had been preserved really gently and carefully: it is a surprise to see swords with this good condition. It is supposed to have been preserved by Daimyo family. We truly recommend this one to you.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu(*the paper will be issued later.)
whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta

Auction starting Price:2,250,000 JPY-.

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