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Awataguchi Tadatsuna Naginata
An ubu naginata by the second generation Awataguchi Tadatsuna. Signed, Awataguchi Omi no Kami Tadatsuna / Genroku kyu nen hachi gatsu hi (a day in August, 1696). Hawatare: 9 sun, 5 bu, 7 rin. (29.0 cm / 11.41"). Motohaba: 2.78 cm. Fukura, widening to 3.58 cm. Kasane 8.9 mm. Sori 2.78 cm. Tapering suguba yakidashi, wide gunome notare midare, tobiyaki, brilliant habuchi, ashi iri, ha nie, kinsuji, nado. Itame hada with ji nie and chikei. Dated works are rare. In polish mounted in shirasaya, with sayagaki. NBTHK hozon kanteisho. Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen rates him as Jojosaku, with a sharpness rating of Ryo-wazamono. Tokuno rates him at 10,000,000 yen Toko Taikan. Shinto Taikan devotes nineteen and one half pages to him.
Ikkansai Tadatsuna was the son of Omi no Kami Tadatsuna, both of whom worked in Settsu province. His initial mei was Tadakuni, when he was nineteen in Kambun ninen (1662). His work around Enpo (1673 - 1681) tended to have shallow horimono, which became successively deeper as he matured. It is thought that he learned horimono engraving from Osaka ju Fujita. Tadatsuna is known for his masterful horimono.
Genroku kyu nen hachi gatsu hi / Awataguchi Omi no Kami Tadatsuna
NBTHK Hozon Kanteisho
Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen