Wakizashi:Mumei (Mihara)(NBTHK Hozon Token)

Ordering number:AS23690

Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon Token)

Signature: Mumei (Mihara)

According to our classification of the swordsmith’s work, this piece by Mumei (Mihara) ranks as Jyo Saku (Superior work).
Habaki: Copper single Habaki.
Blade Length: 35.6 cm (14.02 in).
Curvature: 0.6 cm (0.24 in).
Mekugi Hole: 1.
Width at Base: 2.42 cm (0.95 in).
Width at the Tip: 1.83 cm (0.72 in).
Thickness of Rim: 0.44 cm (0.17 in).
Sword Weight: 245 grams.
Era: Muromachi period, around the Oei era.(Around 1426)
Shape: The blade is slightly narrow with a standard thickness and a somewhat long tip. Bo-Hi (groove) is carved on both sides through the entire blade.
Jigane: The steel has a well-arranged koitame hada, making it an excellent quality jigane.
Hamon: Straight hamon with a slightly deep nioiguchi.

Features: Mihara, a swordsmith from Hiroshima, is known for producing excellent quality steel with well-arranged koitame hada. Most of his works feature straight hamon with prominent reflections.

Tsuba: Round iron tsuba with raised ears, decorated with gold wire patterns.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo ground depicting two elderly men talking with a fan in one hand, using gold and suaka copper on a shakudo ground.
Saya: Grayish Ishime-ji saya.
Menuki: High relief figure designs painted in gold.
Sekigane: Two pieces wrapped in gold over suaka copper.
Kozuka: Shakudo nanako ground with a high relief climbing dragon in gold. There is a depression on the back.
Kogatana: The front is carved with Sanskrit characters and two grooves; the signature reads Hitana. The hamon is a midare (irregular) pattern.

Aoi Art’s Comment: This Mihara is thought to have originally been a larger wakizashi or even a katana. The bo-hi is carved, revealing a cylindrical reflection in the jigane, with parts of the hamon featuring a midare pattern, though it predominantly shows a straight hamon. The koshirae is meticulously made, making this wakizashi highly recommendable.

NBTHK Hozon Token.
AoiArt estimation paper.
Whole Oshigata.

Auction Starting Price:250,000JPY

The item was sold at the auction

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