Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Morishige with Hozon Certificate
This blade was forged by Bushu Jyu Fujiwara Morishige(武州住藤原盛重). Bushu is the name of the area in the Tokyo area today where he created this blade. According to NBTHK that authenticated this blade, it was forged in the Kanbun era(1661-1673: Early Edo Period).
Morisihge belonged to the Bushu Shitahara school, located in today’s Tokyo(Hachioji city).It is said that Yamamoto Norishige founded the school, and it thrived from the end of the Muromachi period to the late Edo period.(Late 16th century to Late 19th cetnury)
Shitahara Kaji is the group of swordsmiths under the Hojo clan’s auspicious, powerful feudal line during the late Muromachi period. After the Toyotomi clan destroyed the Hojo clan in the Azuchi Momoyama period, Shitahara started to serve the Tokugawa clan as Okakae Kaji, swordsmiths exclusively working for a specific feudal family. Most of the Shitahara swordsmith’s real sir name was Yamamoto. They especially flourished during the late Muromachi period-early Edo period. They kept forging for the Tokugawa clan until the end of the Edo period.
This blade is appraised as a Hozon Token(保存刀剣) issued by NBTHK(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai:日本美術刀剣保存協会). This authentication paper was only given to authentic Japanese swords, well preserved with artistic value.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 71.4 cm( 28.1 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 0.4 cm(0.16 inches)
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.
Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.
Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Scabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Various insects are designed for this Fuchi Kasira. It seems they were initially colored with gold. These insects are depicted in a small space and engraved semi-three-dimensionally. It looks as if we could hear their chirps. You would feel the diversity of nature and the power of life. According to the signature, this Fuchi Kashira’s maker is Mitsunaka (光仲), who lived in Mino (美濃, the south part of Gifu prefecture today). A theory says he did well in the Edo period. Mino province was a supplier of swords for a long time, and at the same time, the sword mountings production was flourished.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
We guess that this Menuki’s motifs might be a set of tea ceremony equipment; such as Chasen (茶筅, whisk), Chawan (茶碗, cup), etcetera. The Japanese tea ceremony (茶道, Sa-Do) is one of the traditional performing arts in Japan. Its core foundation dates back to the mid-Samurai era when the renowned tea master Sen-No Rikyu established Wabi-Cha. Wabi-Cha was a type of tea ceremony held in specific manners that incorporate the sense of Wabi-Sabi (the art of modesty) and respect. Sen-No Rikyu served under famous Samurais such as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. We could say the Sa-Do was connected with Samurai culture because of its political utilization.
Tsuba and Habaki：Tsuba is the handguard for the Japanese Sword and Habaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside. It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped.
This is an antique Tsuba made from iron. It seems some letters were initially engraved on the front side. It is not easy to determine these letters due to aging. We speculate it is written as “南無阿弥陀仏.” It is the prayer to the Buddha (仏陀). Followers wished to be born into the Pure Land of Perfect Bliss by saying a prayer to the Buddha. The former owner of this Tsuba might have been a devout person.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
At the edge of the Saya (鞘, scabbard), you would notice that there are dragonflies. Dragonfly has been inhabiting since a long time ago in Japan. As they bag preys quickly, its heroic figure was sometimes the object of belief. During the Warring States period, the dragonfly was called “Kachimushi (勝ち虫, winning insect)” because of its fearless character; it moves only forward, not backward. Above all, the combination of the dragonfly with iris flower or arrow patterns was appreciated. Allow was one of the Samurai’s primary weapons. Iris flower is called “Shoubu (菖蒲)” in Japanese, and there is the word “Shoubu (勝負),” which means battle. So, “Shoubu” (菖蒲, iris flower) and “Shoubu” (勝負, fight) those two wards have the same pronunciation; therefore, the iris flower pattern reminds Samurai battle.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK Hozon Certificate
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on Dec 19th in the 15th year of Heisei (2003). They appraised it as Hozon Touken, the blade worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Registration Number : Saitama 56582
The Board of Education in Saitama prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan. This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword being shipped abroad but you can receive a copy of it.
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