A shinto Chikuzen wakizashi | Signed Nobukuni Minamoto Yoshisada | Edo period, 17th century
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A shinto Chikuzen wakizashi
Signed Nobukuni Minamoto Yoshisada
Edo period, 17th century
Sugata [configuration]: Hira-zukuri with shallow sori
Kitae [forging pattern]: Itame and mokume hada mixed with chikei
Hamon [tempering pattern]: Suguha hamon in nie-deki and faint bo-utsuri
Boshi [tip]: Togari, maru-boshi
Horimono [carvings]: The omote with bonji [Sanskrit character], the ura with gomabashi, both faint from polishing
Nakago [tang]: Two mekugi-ana, the omote signed Nobukuni Minamoto Yoshisada
Habaki [collar]: Silver, single clad
Koshirae [mount]: Of later date, the handachi style mounts comprised of a plain red lacquer saya [scabbard], the tsuka [hilt] in same-nuri, associated fittings, the fuchi-kashira [hilt-band and pommel] and kojiri in shakudo on an ishime ground, the menuki in the form of dragons, the kozuka chiselled, chased and engraved with a single ox, the kogai with a dragon, each on a nanako ground with gilt highlights, the shakudo mokko-gata tsuba with peonies among foliate scrolls in gilt relief
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]
Nagasa [length from kissaki to machi]: 33.9 cm., 13⅜ in.
Sori [curvature]: 0.6 cm., ¼ in.
Moto-haba [width at the machi]: 2.9 cm., 1⅛ in.
Accompanied by four certificates of registration issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword]: the wakizashi as Hozon Token [Sword Worthy of Preservation], no. 3023624, dated Reiwa 2 (2020); the koshirae as Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu [Sword Fitting Especially Worthy of Preservation], no. 1223, dated Showa 46 (1971); the tsuba as Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu, no. 1038, dated Showa 45 (1970); and, the kozuka as Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu, no. 431, dated Showa 46 (1971).
The blade in good polish, there is some minor wear to the red lacquer of the saya.
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