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Yari, Shirasaya
Bishu(Owari) jû Daidô
[ Signature ] omote : "尾州住大道" ura : -
[ Size ] Blade length 19.8cm (6 sun 5 bu 3 rin), sori 0cm (n/a), moto-haba 2.06cm, moto-kasane 0.93cm, mekugi-ana(hole) 1, blade weight 199.5g , shirasaya length 52cm
[ Period ] Muromachi, end of
[ Province ] Owari

[ Feature ]
Form : Hira-sankaku-zukuri. Both mihaba and kasane are ordinal. Kashira does not become wide. Kera-kubi shape is hexagonal. A little longer. Machi-shita form; (omote) it resembles to W shape, (ura) it resembles to V shape.
Nakago : Suri-age. Saki is kiri. Yasurimes are very shallow katte-sagari. One hole.
Horimono, engravings : (ura) it has bô-"hi".
Jigane : Itamehada becomes masa shape. Jinie attached. Shirake-utsuri appeared.
Hamon : Gunome-midara. Togari-bas mixed. Ashis and yôs appeared. Nie attached. Kin-sens, sunagashis and tobi-yakis appeared.
Boushi : It runs in midare-komi, shape is komaru. It turns in long.

 Signature Saya-gaki "鞘書" : "贈 生駒大飛雅兄 札幌 小助川光顕" in clerical script rei-sho-tai "隷書体" with India ink.

[ Highlight ]
Nice form. It can appreciate finish of ji and ha, which are both well done. The swordsmith with signature "尾州住大道" is out of directory but he was very good at creating the sword so that it look to later studies. KOSUKEGAWA Mitsuaki "小助川光顕" was a samurai of Yajima clan at the end of Edo period. Effective Meiji restoration, he took his carrier in law field.(*1) He worked as judge, moved several places as new transfer. In Meiji 32, he assisted the establishment of Catholic Yamahana church in Sapporo.(*2) In his last years, Taishô era, he was known as connaiseur on swords appreciation. (*3) Sayagakis showed the fact that this yari was sent as gift to the painter IKOMA Daihi , from KOSUKEGAWA Kôken, calling him with polite word in letter to friend as gakei "雅兄". Sword bag which attached same time combined together, which has same sayagaki signature in Indian ink. IKOMA Daihi (born 1857 - died 1922) was an ex-Honjô han clan samurai. Till his father, his family served for the clan as karô, chief retainer of daimyô. He learned poets and essays at Kyôto, Nan-ga painting at Ô-saka (*4). As chief work, he had on-the-scene of large earth quake at Sakata "酒田大震災実況図", designated cultural property of Sakata city (*5). As historical matierial, this work prove the communication between sword lovers, who lived same period, end of Edo and Meiji periods. It is interested why this sword was choosen as commemorative gift.

*1. Sappro gentlemen directory "札幌紳士録』鈴木源十郎, 戸石北陽 編 明45.5"
*2. Catholic Yamahana church web site "カトリック山鼻教会ウェブサイト"
*3. Hokkaidô whos who "『北海道人名辞書』金子郡平, 高野隆之 編 大正3"
*4. Disaster and photo media
"「災害と写真メディア― 1894 庄内地震のケーススタティー」北原糸子 神奈川大学学術機関リポジトリ 2004"
*5. Official site of Sakata city "酒田市公式ウェブサイト"

[ Conditions ] Excellent

[ Attachments ] Shirasaya and bag of shirasaya.

[ Item number ] A041118 [ Price ] JPY 350,000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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