A finely mounted shin-shinto tanto The fittings by Takeyama Mahiko (1842-1902), dated 1869 and 1870
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A finely mounted shin-shinto tanto The fittings by Takeyama Mahiko (1842-1902), dated 1869 and 1870
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,707) inc. premium
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A finely mounted shin-shinto tanto The fittings by Takeyama Mahiko (1842-1902), dated 1869 and 1870 A finely mounted shin-shinto tanto The fittings by Takeyama Mahiko (1842-1902), dated 1869 and 1870 A finely mounted shin-shinto tanto The fittings by Takeyama Mahiko (1842-1902), dated 1869 and 1870 A finely mounted shin-shinto tanto The fittings by Takeyama Mahiko (1842-1902), dated 1869 and 1870
Lot Details
A finely mounted shin-shinto tanto
The fittings by Takeyama Mahiko (1842-1902), dated 1869 and 1870
The blade of hira-zukuri form, sugu-ba of nioi with sunagashi,, tight itame-hada, the o-suriage nakago with one mekugi-ana, unsigned; koshirae; the diagonally ribbed lacquer saya of roiro and e-nashiji, lacquered with chidori in gold takamakie; the fittings, consisting of kozuka, kogai, fuchi-gashira and kojiri of silver, carved in takabori and inlaid in gold takazogan with chidori over breaking waves, the menuki of silver and shakudo, each in the form of two flying geese, the kozuka and kogai signed and dated Takeyama Mahiko, Meiji san, kano-e uma kore wo tsukuru (the year of the Horse, in the 3rd year of Meiji (1870); the kashira signed Ma with kao; the kojiri signed and dated Takeyama Mahiko Meiji 2 (1869).
The blade 22.5cm (8 7/8in) long.

Footnotes

  • 短刀 無銘(宇多) 小柄 明治三庚午歳初春造之 竹山真彦 笄 明治三庚午歳初陽 竹山真彦制之(花押) 1869-1870年 附 焦茶漆蛭巻塗金利梨子地群千鳥蒔絵鞘合口腰刀拵

    The blade with a NBTHK Hozon certificate, the mounts with a NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate.

    For the maker of the fittings, see Robert Haynes, The Index of Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, no.H03766. He was a member of the Minamoto family and was a student of Wada Isshin. It has been said by some that he also studied under Goto Ichijo.
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