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Dear NMB members,

I have been trying to find out whether the kao on this sayagaki can be identified but I have not been able to find it. As a last resort I decided to post it here hoping. Otherwise it is a kao that will stay unidentified. Obviously it is not a kao from the usual appraisers and it might be insignificant but I am just curious.

thanks for all the help you can provide,

best regards,

John

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So the two characters of the name can be read "Shimotsuki" (Frost Moon) and this is the old name for November - the reason I think this is a name and not a date is because there is no other date information above or below it - 

 

Therefore I'm convinced this is a art name 霜月 "Sogetsu" with kao - I would posit that this is the polishers art name, maybe some Mekiki whose work we haven't seen. Someone here is sure to know...

 

-t

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Thank you Tom,  much appreciated. 

the quaility of the sayagaki (ink) is quite low, polish by the way is quite good. i am still working on kanji and working on the sayagaki translation. Much more difficult than the papers….

Best regards,

 

john

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Struggling with the first part of the sayagaki: Shinshuu (Shinano) 信州.   松代兼虎 and then a name or else? And then 大上目乱加出来这 . Maybe my transcription of the handwriting into the kanji is wrong? Best regards, John

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Thank you Moriyama san.  Clearly a couple of kanji that were off in my transcription. With this new info I will continue to do the translation. Best regards, John

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thanks for all the help. The first part still is a bit strange to me. I was also looking in the sayagaki for the attribution (both blades are mumei but attributed to Gassan Sadayoshi) which I had expected to be on the top. Mumei Jidai Keio I could find.
 

信州松代 兼虎

Shinshu Matsudai Kanetora: would this be the writer of the sayagaki (Matsudai Kanetora from Shinano province?)

 

 

大互目乱れ 出来良し

O gunome midare, good work

 

best regards,

 

john

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Thanks Matt, interesting, I will check it. It came with papers that stated Gassan Sadayoshi. The issuing org is quite unknown so not sure.

best regards, John

 

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