Jusan katana with papers
Lot 3108
A YAMASHIRO KATANA By Jusan, Edo period, 1867
US$ 80,000 - 120,000
£47,000 - 71,000
Auction Details
The Samurai Sale New York
22 Oct 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17926
Jusan katana with papers Jusan katana with papers Jusan katana with papers Jusan katana with papers
Lot Details
A YAMASHIRO KATANA
By Jusan, Edo period, 1867
Sugata (configuration): broad honzukuri, iorimune, extended kissaki, toriizori, broad kasane
Kitae (forging pattern): tight koitame
Hamon (tempering pattern): jukachoji midare with ashi and clusters of nie in the valleys, yakidashi
Boshi (tip): midare komi
Horimono (carving): on the omote, a deeply carved dragon chasing a flaming pearl, the ura, sanko, tsuta ken
Nakago (tang): ubu, with two holes and finely filed kesho yasuri, signed Teitoju Tengoku Yamashiro daijo Jusan ni oite Naniwa kitaeru kore and with chrysanthemum crest, and dated Keio san hinoto u no toshi nigatsu hi (1867.2)
Habaki (collar): one piece, silver
Nagasa (length from tip to beginning of tang): 28 3/4in (73cm)
Motohaba (width at start of tempered edge): 1 3/8in (3.5cm)
Sakihaba (width before tip): 1in (2.5cm)

With a certificate issued by the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (Society for the preservation of Japanese swords) no. 7373, dated 1984.5.26

Footnotes

  • The work of Jusan is very rare. There is one other tanto bearing the date of 1864 and featuring horimono of Shoki. The intricate, clean file marks on both blades are similarly cut and along with the horimono indicate each of these swords was a deluxe commission. The similarity between the styles of not only the forging, but also the carving, including the work on the tangs has led some scholars to propose that Jusan was actually a pseudonym of Echizen no kami Sukehiro.
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