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A well mounted wakizashi by the first generation, Zen Hyuga Daijo Fujiwara Sadatsugu. Working around Kanei (February 1624 though December 1644) Ubu, one mekugiana, hirazukure, iroi mune. Hawatare: 1 shaku 7 sun 8 bu 5 rin (54.1 cm. / 21.3"). Motohaba: 2.54 cm. Kasane: 5.2 mm Gunome midare, gunome togare, ashi iri. yo, ha nie, hotsure, tobiyaki, ko-nie, muneyaki, nado. The hamon becomes hitatsura as it approaches, and becomes part of the hakikaki boshi with a wide elongated kaeri. The jigane is a brilliant itame with nagare, bright jinie, chikei, nado. He was of the Shimosaka school. Both first and second generations are rated with a double triangle in Nihonto Meikan. While the first is not listed, the second rated chujo saku in Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen. Pictured in Shinto Taikan, Vol. 2. Valued at 3,500,000 yen in Toko Taikan.
Blue tsuka maki over white same with large copper bubble bee menuki. The fuchi-kashira are iron with gold cherry blossoms. The fuchi is waisted, the kashira made to appear to be two intertwined pieces. The saya is abalone shell inset in black lacquer, with a clear lacquer coat. The koiguichi, kurikata, and kojiri are black horn. The kozuka is iron with gold Kaga zogan of insects and a butterfly. The tsuba is signed Nara Masanaga. There were two generations of Nara Masanaga. The first 1725 - 1750 a student of Nara Toshinaga. The second, the adopted son of the first Masanaga, was the nephew, and student of, Isando Joi. He worked around 1750. Ref. Haynes. The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, H 04250.0 & H.04251.0. Wakayama, Toso Todogu Meiji Taisei Vol. 1, pages 135 & 136. The first generation had many students. The second generation, several signatures.
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Zen Hyuga Daijo Fujiwara Sadatsugu
Large Copper Bee Menuki
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