NAGINATA

TAIKEI NAOTANE

SAIJOSAKU

SHINSHINTO C. 1830

NBTHK TOKUBETSU HOZON

A rare offering of Taikei Naotane's work. Naotane was a student of Shushinshi Masahide and his extraordinary skill brought him great fame as well as the highest rating given for quality, Saijosaku.  Naotane was a retainer to the Akimoto family in Yamagata.  He first received the title of Chikozen no Daijo, then later received the title of Mino no Kami.  Naotane was so skilled that he easily produced works from all five traditions, yet he was most famous for his Soshu den works. It his skill in Soshu den that we see in this Naginata.

The blade itself is wide and thick with beautiful Itame hada swirling about.  There is jinie and chikei in a style known as hijiki hada.  The Hamon is gunome midare in nie with thick nioiguchi per the Soshu style. There are many areas of sunagashi and kinsuji as well as utsuri.

The Nakago is as special a work as the blade portion.  It begins by being a mint ubu nakago and just gets better. It is signed Taikei Naotane with Kao. The opposite side is engraved with the date "Bunka Shishi Nen Chouyo" (September 9, 1810).  Above the date there is a Crescent Moon engraved.  Apparently in Japanese, September 9 sounds like "Kiku" (Chrysanthemum flower).  The crescent moon was carved to entice the "Kiku" to bloom which would celebrate both this blade and this auspicious day.

Even the Saya is special as the sayagaki was done by National Treasure Polisher Honami Nishuu.

It is little wonder why this rare and magnificent work of art was awarded Tokubetsu Hozon rating.

It is a special piece and  would highlight a collection, especially for the collector of pole arms.

The owner is motivated to sell, and this sword is listed for several thousand dollars less than he paid for it in hopes of a quick sale.

 

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