A Higo shin-shinto katana
By Manposhi Enju Kunikane, dated 1849
The blade of shinogi-zukuri form with notare-ba of nioi with pronounced nie and tight mokume-hada, suken and bonji horimono to one side, narrow hi and bonji to the other, the ubu-nakago with one mekugi-ana, signed and dated Higo Manposhi Enju Kunikane, Kaei ninen nigatsu, nichi (day in February 1849); in shirazaya; koshirae; the saya of red ishime lacquer; the iron Higo tsuba with silver nunome decoration; Higo shibuichi fuchi-gashira; silver kojiri carved with waves; shakudo and gilt menuki of rats on food trays, unsigned; both with fabric bag. The blade 77.8cm (31⅝in) long. (5).
- Please note that the blade and saya illustrated on the far right and the detail of the blade (second from left) in the catalogue are not included in this lot, the images online are correct on the website.