tanto / short sword-sheath / menuki / kozuka / hilt / fuchi-kashira / blade
Sword blade (tanto); with mounting (short sword-sheath; kozuka; hilt; menuki; fuchi-kashira). Blade: made of steel; signed. Sheath: made of black lacquered wood. Hilt: with gold mekugi; made of wood and skin (ray). Kozuka: crane in high-relief coloured metal inlay on silver ground; inscribed. Menuki: in shape of corn?; made of gilded metal. Fuchi-kashira: made of black lacquered metal. Soshu school blade and Goto school metal fittings.
- 14thC (early; blade)
- 19thC (late; metal fittings)
- Made in: Japan
Inscription Positionblade, tang, obverse
Inscription Content朱頂自金千歳寿 [sic.]
'Hira zukuri' tanto blade with the slight 'uchizori' curve of the late Kamakura period. The blade has 'itame' with 'mokume' grain with 'jifu utsuri' and much 'chikei'. The 'suguha hamon' is of fine 'nie' with 'kinsuji'. The maker, Shintogo Kunimitsu, is feted as the founder of the Soshu tradition at Kamakura in the late Kamakura period.
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
Bought at Christie's (lot 226) by Eskanazi Ltd at the BM's request. Former collection of Walter A Compton.
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Object reference number: JCR12048
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