The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

The Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armour

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A wakizashi | Signed Chikuzen ju Minamoto Nobukuni Yoshisuke (Minamoto Nobukuni Yoshisuke, a resident of Chikuzen Province) | Edo period, 17th century

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May 10, 03:27 PM GMT

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6,000 - 8,000 GBP

Lot Details

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Property from an Important Private Collection

A wakizashi 

Signed Chikuzen ju Minamoto Nobukuni Yoshisuke (Minamoto Nobukuni Yoshisuke, a resident of Chikuzen Province)

Edo period, 17th century 


Sugata [configuration]: Wide-bodied blade in shinogi-zukurichu-kissakitori zori

Kitae [forging pattern]: Pronounced Ko-itame hada with jinie

Hamon [tempering pattern]: Suguha hamon in nie-deki, some small ashi and yo

Boshi [tip]: Maru-boshi

Nakago [tang]: Kuri-jiri, one mekugi-ana, the omote signed Chikuzen ju Minamoto Nobukuni Yoshisuke (Minamoto Nobukuni Yoshisuke, a resident of Chikuzen Province)

Habaki [collar]: Gold, single clad

In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]

Koshirae [mount]: Of later date, the polished black lacquer saya [scabbard], the associated mounts in shakudo and gilt, the fuchi-kashira [hilt-band and pommel] with a small bird beside field chrysanthemum (nogiku) and a swallow in flight above rockwork, reeds and swirling waters, the fuchi signed Masaharu, the menuki in the form of boats, the mokko-gata iron tsuba with a river scene of two figures in a boat beneath the fronds of a wisteria tree, the reverse with a lakeside hut


Nagasa [length from kissaki to machi]: 59.2 cm., 23⅓ in.

Sori [curvature]: 1.1 cm., ½ in. 

Saki-haba [width at the yokote]: 2.2 cm., ⅞ in. 

Moto-haba [width at the machi]: 3.2 cm., 1¼ in. 


Accompanied by a certificate of registration as Tokubetsu Hozon Token [Sword Especially Worthy of Preservation], no. 1015838 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword], dated Reiwa 3 (2021).