Wakizashi: Motoshige(gold inlaid)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering Number: AS23716

Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

inlaid inscription: Motoshige 元重((judged as Osafune 長船)
inlaid inscription: Kobayashi 小林

(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
Blade length:54.5cm or 21.45in.
Sori:1.4cm or 0.55in.
Mekugi:1
Width at the hamachi: 2.76cm or 1.08in.
Width at the Kissaki: 1.9cm or 0.74in.
Kasane: 0.64cm or 0.25in.
The weight of the sword: 485g

Shape: Osuriage Mumei blade with deep curve.
Jigane: Koitamehada with clear Utsuri
Hamon: Mainly suguha and Ko-Gunomemidare with Koashi. Boshi is rounded.

Era: the late Kamakura period to the Nanbokucho Period, around 14th century.

Special Features: Osafune Motoshige was a Bizen swordsmith from the late Kamakura period to the Nanbokucho period, and there are works have inscription of Kagen (1303-), Enbun, and Teiji (-1368). It used to be believed that Motoshige have 2 generations, but some believe they are the same person. The jigane and Homon of this sword is very good, and the Koshirae is also good. We recommend it.

Koshirae:
Saya: Black Ishimeji Saya with family crest.
Tsuba: Shakudo Tsuba, landscape is carved with gold color.
Menuki: Person is carved with gold and silver color.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo Nanako, battle diagram is carved with gold, silber and copper color.
Kozuka: Shakudo Nanako, a ship with wave is carved with gold, silber and copper color.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper:whole Oshigata

Auction Starting Price:950,000 JPY-.

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