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Wakizashi - Monju Shigesada Saku

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Wakizashi - Monju Shigesada Saku - Sold 



Wakizashi - Monju Shigesada Saku
"文 珠 重 貞 作"  Kanbun – 17 th Century

Total Weight
0.558 kg
Weight without Saya
0.388 kg
Blade Weight
0.324 kg
Full length
Naked Blade (Toshin)
51.1 cm
40.2 cm
Tsuka Length
15.2 cm
Sori (curvature)
1.1 cm
Kissaki Length3.4 cm
Moto Haba
2.75 cm
Saki Haba
1.94 cm
Moto Kasane
            A= 0.55 cm
            B = 0.58 cm
Mesures Moto & Saki Kasane
Saki Kasane
            A= 0.37 cm
            B = 0.43 cm
Torii zori (Central Curvature)
Type Kissaki
Chū Kissaki (Medium length)
Blade Structure
Shinogi zukuri (diamond shaped)
Iori mune (Triangular) without Bohi
Yakidashi then Notare + Hako in Nioiguchi, with Shinaba, Ashi and Yo
Masame, Ko Itame (very tight and fine wood veins pattern), very fine with Chikei
Sansaku Boshi (similar to Jizo Boshi)
Nakago Ubu (unaltered), Lenght 10.9 cm,
1 Mekugi Ana, Futsu Gata shaped, end in Ha Agari Kuri Jiri.
Signed "Monju Shigesada Saku" on the Omote,
Yasurime Katte Sagari
Saya covered with whole Same, 169g for a length of 49cm. Kojiri and Koiguchi in horn.

Fuchi Kashira)
- Tsuka covered of Same of 44 g Kashira in horn, Fuchi in copper, entirely covered with whole Same.

- Double copper Habaki (19g)
Nekogaki filled with gold,

- Menuki in horn.
Team Review
Monju Shigesada Saku  « 文珠重貞作 »
He did smith during the Kanbun era (寛文 1661-1673) in the Kii province, located in Mie nowadays, the située dans l’actuelle préfecture de Mie, the Capital City was Wakayama. He also signed « Kiishuju Monju Shigesada » (紀州住文珠重貞).
He was from the Monju school, founded by Nanki Shigekuni (南紀重国) during the Keicho era (1596-1615). Shigesada was the founder's student et smithed at the same period than the 2nd generation of the Monju School, Monju Shigekuni.

The main influence, and the origin of the Monju school est the smith branch of the Sue-Tegai school.
The Sue-Tegai is the continuity of the late Tegai school of the Muromachi era. The Tegai school, coming from the prestigious Yamato lore founded by Amakuni in the 8th century, and was located in Nara and founded by Kanenaga (包永) in the 13th century. Kanenaga was very reverent to the Monju Bodhisattva (文珠) deity. During a prayer, having 'met' a being he thought to be an envoy from Monju, he did smith a votive blade and then laid it down in front of the Monju statue in the Hannya-Ji Shingon temple in Nara.

Monju Bosatsu文殊菩薩
Its cult finds its origin in India and was brought to Japan by the japanese monk Ennin 円仁, after a trip in China between 838 & 847.
Being mentioned in  various indhi sutras, it became one of the 13 main deities of the Shingon sect in Japan.
Monju is the wisdom, wits and beauty Bosatsu. He usually ride a Shishi, a mythic chinese lion-dog. He can hols a lotus, a sword, et sutra, and often both the lasts, one in each hand.

Monju Shigesada did live in the Kii province in Yamato, and was a member of the  Kishū Tokugawa family, one of the three branches of the Gosanke settled by Ieyasu Tokugawa, as to establish his sons and to be able to provide a Tokugawa Shogun, whenever the main branch can not provide one itself. And so does twice the Kii branch during the Tokugawa era.

It seems there is few blades signed by Monju Shigesada Saku, each of them being of a high quality.

Team Review :
This is a fine and elegant blade, that has been recently polished. One can see very well the Hataraki, the hardening line activity. It is very handy to hold. The mounting being in Same, very rare, gives more value to the whole.

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