An Ise katana Attributed to Nidai Muramasa, Momoyama period (late 16th century)
Lot 1160
An Ise katana Attributed to Nidai Muramasa, Momoyama period (late 16th century)
US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£9,200 - 12,000

Lot Details
An Ise katana Attributed to Nidai Muramasa, Momoyama period (late 16th century)
An Ise katana
Attributed to Nidai Muramasa, Momoyama period (late 16th century)
Sugata (configuration): hon-zukuri, iori-mune, chu-gissaki shallow torii-zori
Kitae (forging pattern): bright ko-itame in ji-nie
Hamon (tempering pattern): notare mixed with gunome-choji-midare with ashi, sunagashi and tobi-yaki
Boshi (tip): ko-maru, midare-komi
Horimono (carving): bo-hi on both sides
Nakago (tang): o-suriage with three holes and kiri file marks, silver-inlaid signature Muramasa and inscribed Hideyori tamawaru Kimura Shigenari shoji (Presented to Kimura Shigenari from Hideyori)
Habaki (collar): two-piece, gold-foil decorated with the Toyotomi family crest
Nagasa (length from tip to beginning of tang): 29 7/8 in (75.8cm)
Motohaba (width at start of tempered edge): 1 1/4in (3.2cm)
Sakihaba (width before tip): 7/8in (2.2cm)
In shirasaya (wood storage scabbard)

With a kantei certificate issued by the Higashi Nihon Bijutsu Token Kai (Eastern Japan Art Sword Society) ranking this blade as a Yusho token (superior sword), dated 1991.5.3

Footnotes

  • The inscription on this blade states that this sword was given to a Kimura Shigenari by someone named Hideyori. This probably refers to Toyotomi Hideyori (1593-1615), the son and successor to Hideyoshi (1536-1598). While difficult to ascertain as fact, it is however, interesting to consider that several members of the Toyotomi clan showed a fondness for the blades of Muramasa, given that they were considered inauspicious by the Tokugawa clan, rivals of the Toyotomi. Fukushima Masanori (1561-1624), a retainer of Hideyoshi, is said to have used a Muramasa katana, as did fellow Toyotomi retainer Sanada Yukimura (1567–1615.)
    The habaki on this sword bears the Toyotomi family crest.
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