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Mumei Wakizashi



An o-suriage  wakizashi, in spectacular samurai mounts.  Hawatare:  1 shaku 5 sun 4 bu 5 rin (46.2 cm / 26.5").  Motohaba:  2.06 cm.  Sakihaba:  2.3cm.  Kasane:  5 mm.  Shinogizukure, iroi mune, slightly extended chu kissaki.  Ko-nie chu suguba midare, nijuba, kinsuji, ashi iri, ko-choji, slight notare midare, ha nie, nado.  Boshi is komaru with extended kaeri.   On closer examination, this perhaps appears to be the front end of an early tachi. 

As per Robert Haynes:  the fuchi is earliest main line Goto, the kozuka is also mainline Goto, but later.  Can't judge the menuki under wraps, but they appear to be of the same quality.   The habaki is heavy gold foil.  The seppa are shakudo and gold foil. 

The tsuka has excellent same, polished shakudo kashira, and shakudo nanako fuchi, with gold and silver decorations, early Goto.  A rare theme of wrapped bamboo rafts, made for setting flowers in to the stream.  Shakudo and gold plant menuki, early Edo or Momoyama. .  Black tsukamaki.  The tsuba is polished shakudo.  The seppa are thick with a Chinese boarder.   The kozuka has a silver daikon on shakudo fine nanako, early Goto.  Split daikon, implying spread legs,  was popular in the Yoshiwara district.   Red and black lacquer on upper half of the saya, and polished an lacquered same on the lower half.  The kojiri is silver with dragon and clouds in katakiribori.  Slight repair on the seam of the saya.                                                                                 $2,950. 


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