A shinto daisho By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682
Lot 6*
A Shinto daisho By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682
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A Shinto daisho By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682 A Shinto daisho By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682 A Shinto daisho By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682 A shinto daisho By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682 A Shinto daisho By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682
A Shinto daisho
By Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, dated 1682
The katana blade of shinogi form, with distinct sori, broad suguba with slight gunome, of nie and nioi with some sunagashi, tight itame-hada; the ubu-nakago with kiri-yasuri and one mekugi-ana, signed and dated Hizen no kuni ju, Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, Tenna ninen ki harunohi onsono ni oite kore wo tsukuru; the wakizashi blade of shinogi-zukuri form with shallow zori, broad ko-midare-ha of nie and nioi with choji-ashi, tight itame-hada; the ubu-nakago with kiri-yasuri and one mekugi-ana, signed Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro; both blades in shirasaya with sayagaki by Sato Kanzan, with koshirae: the saya of roiro lacquer; shakudo Hizen tsuba of oval form, carved in relief with simulated European letters among figures, fantastic animals and exotic plants, signed Hirado no ju Kunishige; the kozuka, kogai and fuchi-gashira of shakudo nanako with kiri-mon in gilt takazogan, unsigned. The katana blade 69.9cm (27½in) long; the wakizashi blade 48.5cm (19 1/8in) long. (8).

Footnotes

  • 大: 銘肥前国住近江大掾藤原忠広 於御園作焉
    小: 銘近江大掾藤原忠広
    附 蝋色塗鞘大小拵 天和2年(1682年)

    With NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon papers and copies of Ninteisho papers for both blades.

    Published: Hizen-to Taikan, p.282.

    The blades are by Omi no Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, the second Master of the Hizen school. They are known as oniwa-uchi swords, meaning 'quenched in a garden'. They were said to have been quenched in front of the Lord of the Nabeshima clan, at his request.

    The sayagaki on the shirasaya is by Sato Kanzan (1907-1978), who was a renowned sword scholar. He authenticated in Showa 35 (1960) that these swords were made by Fujiwara Tadahiro in Tenna 2 (1682), after Rai Kunimitsu, a swordsmith of the late Kamakura period, at the request of the Lord of the Nabeshima clan.
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