KATANA

MINO SENJUIN

c. 1381-1572

NBTHK HOZON-TO

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 66.675cm (26.25")

OVERALL: 84.296cm (33.1875")

MIHABA: 2.857cm (1.125")

KASANE: 0.635cm (0.25")

SORI: 1.42cm (0.5625")

NAKAGO: O-SURIAGE

MEKUGI ANA: THREE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: KO-MIDARE

BOSHI: KOMARU WITH HAKIKAKE

HORIMONO OMOTE: BO-HI

HORIMONO URA: BO-HI

HABAKI: TWO PIECE GOLD FOIL

KOSHIRAE

 

KATANA

MINO SENJUIN

c. 1381-1572

NBTHK HOZON-TO

Offered here on consignment is a 26.25" Koto period Katana attributed to the Mino Senjuin School of sword smith's.

The Senjuin school originated in Yamato Province.  Yamato-den is the oldest of the Five Gokaden, and said to be the birthplace of the Japanese Sword.   The Yamato mono consisted of five schools, Taima, Tegai, Hosho, Shikkake, and Senjuin. Senjuin being the oldest beginning around the Heian period, with the remainder beginning around mid Kamakura. It is said that there were two ha within the Senjuin Kei, one founded by Yukinobu and the other by Shigehiro.  The earliest signed examples seen are by Nidai Yoshinobu from around Hoji 1247-1249.

During the Nambokucho era Senjuin Kuninaga c. 1381 apparently relocated to Mino and founded the Mino Senjuin school, latter known as the Akasaka Senjuin school or ha.  The school continued until the latter part of Muromachi period.

This Katana though being shortened still remains some of it's elegant koshizori shape. The Nakago is o-suriage with three mekugi ana. The bilateral Bo-hi extends onto the nakago. The Hada is ko-mokume with some masame, and contains ji-nie.  The Hamon is ko-midare with much activity to be seen, including ko-ashi, nijuba, inazuma, etc.  The Kissaki is chu and the Boshi is ko-maru with hakikake.

There are a few tiny areas of pitting, some small areas of loose grain along with some light scuffs, stains, hike kizu or surface scratches. There is a small fukure shown in the photos above. It is located under the habaki and cannot be seen when mounted.  While perhaps slightly undesirable, it is not detrimental to the condition of the sword nor did it prevent the sword from obtaining NBTHK Hozon Papers.

The sword comes in Koshirae.  The saya is black with a dark green lacquer rubbed over it. The Koiguchi, Kurigata, and Kojiri are horn. The F/K are shibuichi in the Handachi style. The Menuki are gold plated and shakudo with Omodaka mons. The Tsuba is cast and depicts a radish.

 

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