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Wakizashi - Musashi No Kami Fujiwara Masamori - Sold

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Wakizashi - Musashi No Kami Fujiwara Masamori - Sold 



Wakizashi -  Musashi No Kami Fujiwara Masamori
Beginning of Edo era - 17th Century

Total Weight
0.828 kg
Weight without Saya
0.632 kg
Blade Weight
0.448 kg
Full length
Naked Blade (Toshin)
66.60 cm
53.30 cm
Tsuka Length
21.0 cm
Sori (curvature)
1.38 cm
Kissaki Length3.52 cm
Moto Haba
2.75 cm
Saki Haba
2.02 cm
Moto Kasane
                    A = 0.41 cm
                    B = 0.68 cm
Mesures Moto & Saki Kasane
Saki Kasane
                    A = 0.37 cm
                    B = 0.45 cm
Tori Zori, nearly Koshizori
Type Kissaki
Chu Kissaki slightly elongated (Yamato type)
Blade Structure
Shinogi Zukuri (diamond shape) possibly in Naginata Zukuri type
Iori mune (Triangular)
Hotsure Chu Suguha with nioi and ko-nie
Ko-itame and Masame
Ko-maru with Kaeri on the mune
 Omote Side: Rendai on the base of the blade & stylized "Fudō-Myō" Bonji on the middle of the blade.

Ura Side: Goma Hashi on the base of the blade & classic "Fudō-Myō" Bonji on the middle of the blade.

Rendai : Lotus flower, symbol of absolute purity and Enlightment, emblem of the spiritual elevation, lotus has the particularity of taking root in the silt or mud, its rod being in water, while its flower kingly span on the water surface. Staying untouched towards impurity, the lotus is the symbol of heart and spirit purity.
Goma Hashi : chopsticks used in Shinto shrines.
Bonji : Sanskrit writings of Deities names.
"Fudō-Myō" : Shinto Deity, reincarnation of Dainichi Nyorai, the 'Uniservsal Buddha', and represent the 'unchanging wisdom'.
Ubu (unaltered), Signed "武蔵守藤原政盛" 'Musashi No Kami Fujiwara Masamori' on the Omote.
2 Mekugi Ana, Ichimonji Gata shape, End in Iriyama Katajiri, Yasurimi Kiri Yasuri (horizontal)
length 70 cm, weight 194g, Magnolia mainly covered with tinted and lacquered snake Same.
Kojiri, Koiguchi, and Kurigata also covered with Snake Same. Central part of the Saya lacquered Kuroro (shiny black) and ringed for 20cm.

Fuchi Kashira)
-    Tsuka : length 20 cm, weight 93g, ancient reconstructed Same, brown Tsuka Ito marron in fabric (used state), Hineri maki braiding, Fuchi Kashira in patinated copper, without any motive, very discreet drawings of  Mokko-Mon on the Fuchi (quince flowers).
-    Tsuba : Mumei (not signed), Dimensions 5.98cm x 6.22cm, thickness 0.4cm, weight 74g. Shape Shin Maru Gata (nearly rounded). Edge Maru Mimi (rounded). Nakago Ana Dimensions 0.3cm x 0.86cm x 2.64cm. Karakusa (Arabesque) design  with yellow copper incrustations. Hira Zogan, typical from Higo School  Tsuba's.
-    Habaki : 6g, Habaki in copper (damaged)
-    Seppa : 2 seppa (2 x 4g), in gilded copper.
Team Review
Study :
Very nice, elegant and fine blade, with very beautiful Sanskrit engraving, lotus flower and incense sticks. the mounting, even if it is worn out, is also very beautiful. One will particulary like the lacquering work on the sheath, the magnificent thin tsuba with gold arabesque ornaments. The sugata of this blade is of the Yamato-Den influence, fine and elongated, with an elongated Chu Kissaki. One of the only differences with the most of Yamato type blades is the returning of the quenching (kaeri) on the Mune. This is a production of the beginning of the Edo era, and can be related to the work of the Ogasawara school or the Shimosaka Yasutsugu school, both of them being located in the Musashi province. The finition of the Nakago is more inspired from the Hizen Tadayoshi (shodai and nidai) school, thin, in Iriyama gata with Kiri Yasurime, and a sign on the Omote side, for the short blades.
Possibility of swordsmith : Masamori  政盛, 4th generation, Kan'ei era (1624-1644), Ise province - "Uji Masmori", "Musashi no kami Masamori", "Imamura Musashi no Kami". He later goes to Hiroshima in the Aki province. Given the location and the influence of the Yamatso and Hizen tradition, it is highly probable it is indeed this branch.

Team Review :
Fine blade, very well balanced, long and thin wakizashi, typical from Yamato Den. Very nice Shinto engraving giving the blade its character. Remarkable work on the Saya. A very nice fine and delicate set.

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