A Yamato Shikkake Juyo katana  Late Kamakura period (first quarter 14th century)
Lot 1136
A Yamato Shikkake Juyo katana Late Kamakura period (first quarter, 14th century)
Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
A Yamato Shikkake Juyo katana  Late Kamakura period (first quarter 14th century)
Lot Details
A Yamato Shikkake Juyo katana
Late Kamakura period (first quarter, 14th century)
Sugata (configuration): hon-zukuri, mitsu-mune with a wide mihaba, fun-bari, chu-gissaki slight koshi-zori
Kitae (forging pattern): tightly packed ko-itame in ji-nie
Hamon (tempering pattern): sugu-ba and gunome with some spots of kado-gunome and ashi, sunagashi, kinsuji, hotsure and yubashiri
Boshi (tip): ko-maru with a slight return and haki-kake
horimono (carving): bo-hi on both sides
Nakago (tang): o-suriage, saki-kiri with two holes (one plugged) and katte-sagari file marks
Habaki (collar): two-piece, gold foil
Nagasa (length from tip to beginning of tang): 27 1/4in (69.1cm)
Motohaba (width at start of tempered edge): 1 3/16in (3cm)
Sakihaba (width before tip): 3/4in (1.9cm)
In shirasaya (wood storage scabbard)

With certificate designating this sword as the 44th Juyo Token (Precious sword) no. 10300 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (The Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 1998.11.12

Footnotes

  • The Shikkake is one of the five major groups of sword makers in the Yamato tradition. While all groups shared similarities in style, the Shikkake tended to produce swords which were less flamboyant, with a subdued ji-hada in either masame or ko-itame like on this sword. Shikkake swords were considered reliable, well-forged swords and have been appreciated by connoisseurs for many generations.
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