The following is a compilation of earlier post highlights, supplemented with confirmed exhibits and images. All of these works will be on display on Saturday 16th June at our educational events.
This is part 1 of 3 of our comprehensive list of exhibits, which will be published over the coming weeks. Even so, it is still incomplete and further exhibits will be added as they are confirmed.
Alongside the excellent display of Iron Tsuba, we will have some beautiful examples of soft metal workmanship.
Bizen Fukuoka-Ichimonji Yoshimune
"tokubetsu-jûyô-tôken" 28. April 2000
tachi: Mei Yoshimune (吉宗) (ca. Shôgen 正元, 1259-1260, Province Bizen)
There are few signed tachi by Yoshimune and this is the only tokubetsu Juyo example. Another one is Juyo bunkasai, which is the property of Tsukubasan-jinja (Prefecture Ibaraki) and belongs to the ex-collection of the Daimyo Family Yanagisawa. Published.
"Aito Hyakka / Sen - 100 swords of 100 collectors" Hayashi Eiroku / Schuppan Tokyo 1972
A daito with three attributions to the smith, including a sayagaki by Tanobe Michiro Sensei, in which he describes it as "A Master Work of the Kamakura period".
There are eight Norikuni blades on the Juyo register. Four of them are tanto, three of which have progressed to Tokubetsu Juyo. There are three Juyo bunkasai and three Juyo bijutsu-hin and one, a signed daito, Kokuho.
Made to celebrate the 2600th anniversary of the founding of the Empire. It is a copy of the famous Heian period work of the same name.
Mumei katana attributed to Aoe
Designated Juyo Token at the 13th shinsa held in 1965.
The blade has a faint shu mei and a Sayagaki by Honami Kozon attributing the work to Aoe Tsunetsugu. The accompanying papers confirm this is a smith working at the end of the Kamakura period, not the ko-Aoe smith of the same name.
Mumei Naginata Naoshi attributed to Shikkake
Designated Juyo Token at the 46th Juyo shinsa held in 2000.
The blade has a sayagaki By Tanobe Michiro sensei describing it as "An important treasure from the beginning of the Nambokucho period."
Mumei O-suriage wakazashi attributed to Enju
Designated Tokubetsu Hozon.
Naotsuna is listed in some references as one of Masamune’s 10 brilliant pupils. Whether he studied under the master or not, his works show incredible Soshu influence.
Naginata Tachi. Mei: Hishu Kawachi no kami Fujiwara Masahiro (Nidai)
Considered by many to be the best Masahiro, the Nidai was the contemporary of Omi Daijo Tadahiro and worked closely with him.
His work is of exceptional quality even when viewed alongside other Hizen work.