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Bruce Pennington

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31 minutes ago, Bruce Pennington said:

I see what you mean, good observation!

The discolouration even makes it look more like depth of the part of the forest that is in a notch and remains out of the sun.

Yes ...the dragon looks great.

I believe a dragon has a spirit and can be classified as a demi god in a sense.

The style of the dragon looks to be early Muromachi 

I love the circular movement and balance.

The woody bark looking texture is phenomenal.

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1 minute ago, Bruce Pennington said:

These characters are usually a dragon or spirit of significance to the Japanese at the time.

Sorry ...I just edited my reply above ..I forgot about the other habaki you were referring to.

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3 minutes ago, Bruce Pennington said:

These characters are usually a dragon or spirit of significance to the Japanese at the time.

The hair or mane style and direction of the dragon is a very old style technique usually seen in the first dragons guilded by the Hizen school when they were more simple in design with a few clouds or water.


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 mistake brain fart ...correction ....HIGO ..not Hizen school.

My first koshirae set I bought was Higo water dragons with menuki mice with such fine detail and placing they looked like real miniature gold mice peeking around the tuska wrap.

I wish I never sold it.

I never seen menuki mice of that quality and realism again ever.



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Yes, it's this sword visible here (on auction tomorrow): https://www.drouotonline.com/l/15882162--shinto-wakizashiepoque-edo-16?actionParam=listLot&controllerParam=lot&fromId=116199


Copying the description below to preserve it.




Shinto wakizashi

Epoque EDO (1603 - 1868)

Signé (mei) : Kunishige


Lame (sugata) : hira zukuri, mitsu mune, bo hi ni tsure hi, un horimono bonji mato kannon sur une face

Motif de forge (hada) : mokume

Trempe (hamon) : hotsure suguha

Pointe (boshi) : o-maru

Fusée (nakago) : ubu keitai, haagari nakagojiri, deux mekugi ana, katte sagari yasurime

Longueur (nagasa) : 35,3 cm


Monture (koshira-e) :

Tsuba fuchi kashira : en suite en shibuichi à décor en katakiri bori des sept sages dans la forêt de bambou. Tsuba et fuchi signés Godai Kiryusai Somin suivi de kao. (Ecole Yokoya, 5e génération)

Kogatana : kozuka en shibuichi et cuivre doré à décor en relief d'un motif kurikara ken ryu (dragon sur un ken), sur fond nanako, le revers à motif dit neko yasuri (griffures de chat), Ecole Goto. La lame ornée d'un bonji et signée Katsuren

Habaki : en cuivre doré et shakudo ciselé d'un dragon parmi les vagues tenant le tama

Kurikata : en shibuichi à motif nanako orné d'un môn daki myo ga (pousses de gingembre), utilisé par la famille Hori de Iida

Menuki : en cuivre doré figurant deux dragons


Fourreau (saya) : en laque alternant des rayures noires ro-iro et des rayures noires à inclusion de fines lamelles de bois, orné de deux môn en cuivre doré : daki myo ga (pousse de gingembre) et ageha no cho (papillon)


Provenance : vente Collection Bakhmeteff, Mes Lair Dubreuil et Bellier, Drouot, 16-18 janvier 1929


Le fondateur de l'école Yokoya, Somin, de son vrai nom Yokoya Chojiro, (1670-1733) avait étudié la la peinture de l'école Kano, et est l'inventeur de la technique du katakiri bori, qui imite des traits de pinceau dans le métal.


Adding some pictures too.




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Interesting one in that both sides have mon, but different ones.  Also interesting because of it's possible history.  Found this on an auction posted by John, @Shugyosha, HERE.  The tanto is made for Tomoo, in 1843.  The seller speculates that it was "Nagasawa Tomoo 長澤伴雄 (1808-1859) who was a scholar of Japanese classical literature and Waka poetry. He was a Samurai at the Kii Domain, Wakayama. He compiled multi-volume Waka poetry collections. It is likely that the long poems inscribed on both sides of the blade are by him."




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