A fine tanto in aikuchi mounts The blade by Sadashige, Edo period (17th century), the mounts by Hagiya Katsuhira, Meiji period (late 19th century)

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Lot 1141
A fine tanto in aikuchi mounts
The blade by Sadashige, Edo period (17th century), the mounts by Hagiya Katsuhira, Meiji period (late 19th century)

Sold for US$ 40,000 inc. premium

Arts of the Samurai

8 Oct 2013, 13:00 EDT

New York

A fine tanto in aikuchi mounts
The blade by Sadashige, Edo period (17th century), the mounts by Hagiya Katsuhira, Meiji period (late 19th century)
The sword of hira-zukuri, iori-mune configuration, forged in itame-hada with a suguha tempered edge and a ko-maru boshi and elaborately carved on the omote side with Fudo Myo-o and bonji and on the ura with bo-hi; the tang ubu with two holes and kiri file marks, signed Izumo (no) kami Sadashige and inscribed Fujiwara (no) Asomi; one-piece gilt-copper habaki; 10 1/2in (26.6cm) long

The aikuchi-goshirae comprising a saya lacquered with swirling clouds rendered in gold and black togidashi and mounted with a boldly carved rain dragon in silver, gold and copper encircling the body of the saya, the silver koiguchi carved with a snarling tiger and the saya fitted with a kozuka carved as two slinking tigers with gold eyes and shakudo stripes, signed Hagiya Katsuhira and kao, the kozuka-guchi silver swirling clouds; the tsuka wrapped with baleen and mounted with menuki carved as dragon roundels and a silver kashira carved as wrestling tigers with shakudo and gold highlights, signed on the fuchi Hagiya Katsuhira

Footnotes

  • Provenance: ex-Mavis Collection, Stuttgart
    Sold Sotheby's, London, 28 October, 1980.

    Illustrated: Sotheby's, Art at Auction, 1980-81, pg. 293.
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A fine tanto in aikuchi mounts The blade by Sadashige, Edo period (17th century), the mounts by Hagiya Katsuhira, Meiji period (late 19th century)
A fine tanto in aikuchi mounts The blade by Sadashige, Edo period (17th century), the mounts by Hagiya Katsuhira, Meiji period (late 19th century)
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