A very interesting tanto from nambokucho to Oei era.  Good activity/hataraki in the hamon is visible. A well forged hada and a lovely shape make for a desirable very early tanto. This sword is a beautiful tanto of gunome midare in itame with much ji-nie.  This sword dates back to the 1300’s and has a very good history and is considered by many as a very desirable school to collect.  This early tanto dating to the 1300’s  is very healthy and robust.  This is truly a wonderful koto era tanto from the Hirado Sa line of swordsmiths.

The origin of Sa was that he lived in Chikuzen Oki bearch and was the son of Nissai.
It was believed at one time that he was one of the 10 great students of Masamune but there  is conflicting evidence suggesting this is not true. The Soshu-den style of his work was definitely at the top level of this.
The well grained jigane is truly spectacular. This school continued until Nanbokucho period
and after that Sue Sa smiths such as Yasuyohoshi, Yukihiro and Yoshisada were active.
This sword is said to be the Hirado-Sa school that was active around middle to late Nanbokucho period.
It is a wide and thick tanto and the jigane is clear and refined in the Soshu-den style. The hamon and hada are well grained.
There are over 30 swords that have passed NBTHK Juyo .
The work is fine and healthy and may go to a higher level.

HIRADO SA School

KUNIFUSA TEI-WA (t: O-SA): Came from CHIKUZEN. HIRADOZAEMONnoJO.
        Father of HAKATA KUNIMITSU. Brought SA style undulating
        GUNOME-NOTARE BA. Two character signature, look to 
        CHIKUZEN made.
     HIRADOZAEMONnoJO KUNIFUSA

SADAHIDE O-AN (f: SA SADAYOSHI): HIRADOZAEMON. Transferred from
        CHIKUZEN. Running HADA. NIE-DEKI NOTARE-MIDARE HA. His 
        son, OISHI SADAHIDE to CHIKUGO.

MORITSUGU O-EI: HIRADO. SHIRA-KERU "turbid" running ITAME has
        MASAME. KO-NIE DEKI SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE and O-MIDARE HA.

MUNESHIGE O-EI: HIRADO. Running SHIRA-KE ITAME stands. KO-NIE
        SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE BA. BOSHI: KO-MARU KAERI is swept.

SA EI-KYO: HIRADO smith lives in ISAHAYA. Worked between O-AN and
        EI-KYO. SUGU KO-NOTARE KO-GUNOME MIDARE HA.

MORIYOSHI TEN-MON: ITAME. KO-NOTARE KO-MIDARE and NOTARE-GUNOME.

MORITSUGU TAI-EI: KONGOBYOE. OZAKI JU. CHIKUZEN MORITSUGU School.
        Transferred to HIZEN.


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IYESHIGE TEI-JI 1362
_________                           _________ _________ ________
KOREYOSHI O-EI: To HIGO.            KUNIKATSU CHIKAFUSA MORISADA
                                            - O-EI 1394 -    
_________                                _________ _________
MITSUHISA O-NIN 1467                     HIROYOSHI KUNISHIGE
_______ ________         _______           - EI-KYO 1429 -
IYEHIRO MORIFUSA         IYEHISA  
- BUN-MEI 1469 -        MEI-O 1492
 _________         _________          ________ ________ _________
 KUNICHIKA         TADAYOSHI          IYETSUGU KUNISUKE TSUNEKUNI
EI-SHO 1504       TAI-EI 1521              - TEN-MON 1532 -      
                                                 
________                                 _________
TAKEYASU GEN-KI 1570                     SHIZUMASA TEN-SHO 1573
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MUNESADA MATSUURA TEN-SHO 1573
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SUYEMORI SHIHOTAI BUN-MEI 1469
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MUNESUYE SHIHOTAI TEN-SHO 1573

 

  • Mei: Mumei
  • Date: 1300’s (koto)
  • Nagasa: 8-1/16 inches
  • Width at the ha-machi: 20.8 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.0 mm
  • Construction: Hira kuri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: Itame/mokume
  • Hamon: Midare
  • Boshi: Maru
  • Condition: Good polish

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Kantei-Sho (鑑定書) - Appraisal

No 3009136

tantō, unsigned:          Hirado-Sa (平戸左)

nagasa ~ 20.5 cm

According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we judge this work as authentic and rank it as Hozon Tōken.

July 14, 2015

[Foundation] Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai, NBTHK (日本美術刀劍保存協會)

 

 

 

 

 

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