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Katana Masterpiece

Katana: Mumei (Den Osafune Motoshige)


Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)

Signature : Mumei (Den Osafune Motoshige)

Chu-Koto: Jyojyo saku: Saijo Oowazamono: Bizen province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Mumei(Den Osafune Motoshige) belongs to jyojyosaku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold double foiled habaki
Blade length : 74.9 cm or 29.48 inches.
Sori : 2.4 cm or 0.94 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 3.43cm or 1.35 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.32cm or 0.91 inches.
Kasane : 0.73cm or 0.28 inches.
Era : Late Kamakura period.(1334)
Shape : It is wide 3.43cm and thick katana. It is deep sori and there is bo-hi engraved
both at the front and back. The kissaki is long end. It is refined shape nice katana.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained with mixture of mokume hada. Jinie is finel attached.
Clear utsuri work is appearing and the jigane is very beautiful. There is rough parts at some points.
Hamon : The hamon is shimigokoro(blurry hamon) and is a square gunome midare.
It is nijyuba in the ha with much soft ha attached. Kinsuji work is active.
Boshi is midarekomi(undulating), sharp tip and turned back.

Special feature : Bizen Osafune Motoshige was called Okura Jyo.
He was the son of Osafune Morishige and the brother of Shigezane.
His work is quite solid work and there is utsuri appearing in the ji.
Many of his hamon is square Kataochi gunome midare with sharp gunome midare.
This work is wide and thick olid work. There is some Hajimi(blurry hamon)
however it is the shape of Kamakura period.
It is nice and shape Saijyo Owazamono rank sword.
It is jyojyosaku sword with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : 2,200,000 JPY-

-Katana, Masterpiece