A makemono of Oshigata, illustrating 73 Swords from The Collection of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Lot 47
A makemono of Oshigata, illustrating 73 Swords from The Collection of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Sold for £150 (US$ 245) inc. premium

Lot Details
A makemono of Oshigata, illustrating 73 Swords from The Collection of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Entitled 'Toyo Taikô Aitô Shinkei' (True forms of the Beloved Swords of the Toyotomi Regent)'. Presumably reproduced after an original produced for Hideyoshi by the Honnami Family, and depicting sword gyobutsu from Osaka Castle; three red seals

Footnotes

  • Whilst the majority of the Honnami's secret archive was destroyed during the Great Earthquake of 1923, the family have published some general studies from time-to-time. These include 'Nippon-to' [Tokyo 1923], 'Toko Soran', an index of swordsmiths [Tokyo 1926], and contributions to Nippon-to, the 25 Volume study, published by Yuzankaku in 1935.

    The makemono here may date from a similar era, since this was also a time when publications appeared which related to famous swords. 1935 saw the appearance of 'Mei-to Zufu' [Pictures of Famous Japanese Swords] by Homma Junji, who also compiled the 'Kokuho Token Zufu' [Photos of 163 blades classified as National Treasures] during the years 1936-39.
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