A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove

A Stunning Quality Wakazashi Signed with Honorific Title Masatoshi, Lord of Etchu, Han Dachi Mounted, Gold Dragon Menuki, Blade Mishina School Early 1600's, Wonderful Signed Tsuba and Matching Kozuka Depicting the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove

Mishina School, Etchu (no) Kami Masatoshi. The stunning blade shows a beautiful and complex hamon in super polish. All original Edo mounts, superb signed tsuba and kozuka decorated on the Tiger in the Bamboo Grove theme.

* Tsuba signed Taizan Mototaka of Mito/Hitachi. Mototaka, was the founder of the Sekijoken line, was a son of Taizan-Motonori, a pupil of the Yokoya school, who signed his work Sekijoken-Taizan-Mototaka. He worked during the last part of the eighteenth century and lived to a great age. He was most skillful in the style of the Nara artists, Joi, Shozui, Yasuchika, Toshinaga, etc., and a teacher of great ability, his most expert pupil was Takase-Yeiju (or Hisan- aga), who worked during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

The artists of the Sekijoken school at first followed the style of Yokoya, but later they turned to the Nara school. Tigers were considered the strongest animals. They were often shown with bamboo to symbolize the hospitality of the weak for the strong. In Chinese art, the tiger was traditionally related to the four directions as the animal
of the West, and was often paired with the dragon, which represented the East. Kano artists frequently depicted tigers with holy men, abbots, or monks, reflecting their mystic presence and association with Zen Buddhism. A tiger is said to be the only animal capable of navigating through thick bamboo forests, and the pairing of the two symbols is said to represent a harmonious and peaceful society. The bamboo alone stands for resilience and integrity, admired virtues of noble men.

Incredible quality pure gold overlay dragon menuki, gold overlaid seppa. Fully matching suite of handachi iron fittings trimmed in gold with patterning silver overlay. The original Edo saya has superb antique urushi lacquer with pure gold under clear lacquer beautifully decorated with amazingly intricate billowing flaming-feather like swirls

Kyo Go Kaji 京五鍜冶 is short for Kyoto Go Kaji 京都五鍜冶 which means five swordsmiths of Kyoto. The term was developed to describe a group of related smiths who worked prosperously in the Kyoto area during shinto times. They made good quality works with similar characteristics and each had many students for generations. They are Iga (no) Kami Kinmichi 伊賀守金道, Echigo (no) Kami Kinmichi 越後守金道, Tanba (no) Kami Yoshimichi 丹波守吉道, Etchu (no) Kami Masatoshi 越中守正俊 and Omi (no) Kami Hisamichi 近江守久道. These smiths all had Mishina 三品 as their last name. The first four were sons of Seki Kanemichi 兼道 and Hisamichi was a student of Kanemichi's grandson.

The tsuka has been rebound traditionally in gold tsukaito, it will be re-photographed later today.

* Notes from the Special exhibition
( 1907-1908 ) of Japanese sword guards, tsuba,
has been prepared by Mr. Okabe-Kakuya.

Code: 25337

6450.00 GBP