A Ko-Bizen tachi in shirasaya, by Masazane By Masazane, Heian period (11th century)
Lot 1125
A Ko-Bizen tachi in shirasaya, by Masazane
By Masazane, Heian period (11th century)
Sold for US$ 47,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
A Ko-Bizen tachi in shirasaya, by Masazane By Masazane, Heian period (11th century)
Lot Details
A Ko-Bizen tachi in shirasaya, by Masazane
By Masazane, Heian period (11th century)
Sugata (configuration):honzukuri, iorimune, kogissaki deep koshizori
Kitae (forging pattern): koitame in even, densely packed jinie
Hamon (tempering pattern): choji gunome mixed with omidare in nie, nioi and with ashi, saka-ashi, yo, sunagashi and utsuri
Boshi (tip): indistinct
Nakago (tang): ubu with osujikai file marks and two holes, close together and signed Masazane
Habaki (collar): two-piece, gilt-copper
Nagasa (length from tip to beginning of tang): 31 3/16in (78.9cm)
Motohaba (width at start of tempered edge): 1 3/8in (3.5cm)
Sakihaba (width before tip): 5/8in (1.6cm)
In shirasaya (wood storage scabbard) with inscription and attestation to Masazane by Homma Junji (Kanzan), written 1965.10.7

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    ex Col. Dean S. Hartley, Jr. collection

    Published:
    Nihonto Bizen-den Taikan, pg. 78

    The sayagaki was written by Homma Junji while he was in the United States, visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Col. Hartley assisted Dr. Homma with his examination of the museum's collection of over five hundred swords.

    The sword was awarded a Tokubetsu Kicho Token certificate no. 95039, issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai on 5 March, 1965, with Dr Homma chairing the shinsa team. It was later designated as a Juyo Token (Precious sword) no. 4117 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai in February, 1973. Both sets of papers have now been lost.
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