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Sengo Katana

S0389

An o-suriage katana attributed to Sengo school.  Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu-kissaki.  Hawatare: 2 shaku 1 sun 9 bu (66.36 cm / 26.13").  Motohaba:  3. 04 cm.   Sakihaba:  2.22  Kasane:  5.6  mm.  Gunome midare in a notare  hamon, mirrored on each side.  Ha nie and kinsuji.  The itame hada has a blue hue and rough appearance,  chikei.  There is a weak areas in the jigane, and two small lamination separations.  NBTHK Hozon kanteisho.

Mounted in 19th century koshirae.  Black leather tsuamaki over black same.  The fuchi-kashira, koiguchi, kojiri, and kogaibashi are matching red copper with a texture of worn rock.  The menuki are single mon.  The kurikata and kaerizuno are matching red copper with incised vine pattern.   The saya is textured black lacquer.  The large red copper moku tsuba has puppies at play.  

The Sengo school is a sub school of Mino, came out of the Kaneharu group in the fifteenth century.   The premier artist was the second generation Muramasa.

Partial geneology:
Seki Kaneharu 
Sengo Muramasa (I) Onin 1467     

Sukemasa  Bunmei 1469   Muramasa (II) Daiei 1521  Masashige (I) Bunki 1501   
Muramasa (III)  Tenmon 1532   Murashige  Tenmon 1532                                                                                                               $6,500
             
     

 

                                    Hotsure in the boshi

 

Blue Itame Jigane

 

 

Chikei & Kinsuji

 

   

 

 

Open Grain

 

 

     

NBTHK Hozon

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