AS16069 Katana:Mumei(Hiroshige, attributed as Shitahara)


Ordering number:AS16069
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Token)

ignature : Mumei(Hiroshige, attributed as Shitahara)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled single Ganseki-Habaki.
Blade length:70.0 cm or 27.55inches.
Sori:1.3 m or 0.51inches.
Width at the hamachi:2.99 cm or 1.17inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.14 cm or 0.84inches.
Kasane:0.675 cm or 0.26inches.
The weight of the sword:675grams.
Era: Edo period, Kambun era.
Shape: Ubu-Mumei, the blade is normally broad and thick, Sori is slightly shallow, Kissaki is longer.
Jigane: Jigane has very visible patterns, which is called as Yakumo-kitae, and is mixed with Mokume-hada, and has lots of Jinie. Blackish Jigane.
Shinogiji: Itame-hada mixed with Mokume-hada. It has less Masame.
Hamon: Niedeki Suguha, slightly gets close to each line, and becomes bright.

Special feature:Sword smiths group called as “Shitahara” moved to Edo between the late Muromachi period and the early Edo period, made swords mainly in near Hachioji. Their Jigane is very unique and called as “Yakumo Kitae”, their works have often Shirake Utsuri and patterns are really visible in their Jigane. As famous sword smiths amongst them, we have Musashi Tarou Yasukuni for Daibosatsu Toge, Chikashige, Yasushige and Terushige. Their swords are not so gorgeous, but they have atmosphere of Koto. Sometimes they engrave on the blade, which is always beautiful.

Tsuba: Oval-shaped copper Tsuba, the rim is covered by Shakudo. The stream of river is engraved with Shakudo-inlay.
Fuchikashira: Copper plate, birds are engraved with Shakudo inlay.
Saya: Odd painted Saya.
Menuki: Copper plate, birds are engraved.

From Aoi Art: Shitahara Kaji was not gorgeous and looked plain and normal, so they are not very popular, but after the manager of NBTHK, Goto Yasutaka has done an exhibition of Bushu-Shitahara mainly by the items which he collected by himself, many characteristics of the sword smiths became clear. The biggest characteristic of them is the Jigane called “Yakumo Kitae”. Besides, their Nakago is like Muramasa, they made often Suguha Hamon: really popular amongst Nihonto fans who like chic swords. Ubu-Mumei is extremely rare and the blade is well-made. NBTHK has judged this sword as Shitahara Hiroshige.

NBTHK Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.

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