By Sa, signed Sa
Japan, mid-17th century, early Edo period (1615-1868)
The slender, finely curved blade with shinogi-zukuri and iori mune, the hamon is gunome-midare with a high proportion of nie as well as several ashi, the hada is ko-itame with some nagare. The nakago is ubu with one mekugi-ana, no yasurime, the tip is kuri jiri.
The copper tsuba of maru gata form with two hitsu and chased decorations, the copper fuchi and kashira with fine horizontal file marks, the gilt menuki depicting a sinuously coiled dragon. The gilt copper habaki with diagonal file marks to the short sides. The lacquered saya with copper fittings decorated with reddish-gold seaweed roundels on a black ground with gold sprinkles and streaks reminiscent of wood grain.
NAGASA 81.7, LENGTH 85 cm (the blade) and 136 cm (the koshirae)
Condition: The blade is in good condition with some surface wear as well as minor fukure and ware, the kissaki with a minuscule chip and the tip slightly bent. The mounts are in good condition with minor wear and nicks, occasional light scratches. One menuki is lost.
Provenance: Austrian private collection.
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