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Katana, Shirasaya, Daisho Koshirae
Mumei(No signature) attributed to Sue Tegai
[ Signature ] omote : no signature ura : -
[ Size ] Blade length 41,1cm (1 shaku 3 sun 5 bu 6 rin), sori 1,1cm (3 bu 6 rin), moto-haba 2,72cm, moto-kasane 0,71cm, saki-haba 2,09cm, saki-kasane 0,42cm, mekugi-ana(holes) 2 ( 1 out 2 is "kiri"), koshirae length (dai-tô) 100cm, (shô-to) 66,5cm
[ Period ] Muromachi
[ Province ] Yamato

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri. Iori-mune. Mihaba is relatively narrow. Kasane is ordinal. Shinogi-haba is wide. Shinogi is high. A little saki-zori attached. Chu-kissaki form.
Nakago : Suriage. Yasurimes are kiri. Saki is kiri. Two holes. One out of two lacks a half at nakago-saki. There are bô-"hi"s and soe-"hi"s both on omote and ura.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. There is a little part with "masa" mixed, fine jinie attached. Shirake observed.
Hamon : Sugu-ha, ko-notare mixed. Nioi-kuchi is in shimari-gokoro. Nie attached. Haki-kake, kui-chigai-bas and sunagashis appeared.
Boushi : It runs in hakikake then turns in chû-maru.

黒蝋色塗鞘大小拵 (Kuroro-iro Nuri-zaya Dai-shô koshiraes)
大刀 : 天法鍔(鉄地真鍮覆輪)、獅子図目貫(銅地金色絵)、波貝図縁頭(鉄地金象嵌) (Dai-tô : Tenpô tsuba(tetsu(iron)-ji, shin-chû(brass) fukurin), shishi(lion)-zu menuki (dô(copper)-ji kin(gold)-iroe)
小刀 : 山水図鍔(鉄地金象嵌真鍮覆輪)、獅子図目貫(銅地金色絵)、波貝図縁頭(鉄地金象嵌) (Shô-tô : San-sui-zu tsuba(tetsu(iron)-ji kin(gold)-zô-gan(inlay) shin-chû(brass) fukurin), shishi(lion)-zu menuki (dô(copper)-ji kin(gold)-iroe, nami-kai(waves and shells) fuchigashira(tetsu(iron)-ji kin(gold) zô-gan(inlay))

Yamato Tegai school was one of swordsmiths group who lived in front of Tegai-mon gate of Tôdai-ji temple. It was considered that they worked for Tô-daiji temple. Tegai-mon represents Kagekiyo-mon of Tô-daiji temple. It locates west of Shô-sô-in or Son-syô-in. The houses of hachi-cho square (79.200m2) were called "手貝"(Tegai). There are different character but same pronunciation, such as 輾磑 or 手掻 on the books "坊目考"(Bô-moku-kô) or "東鑑"(Azuma-kagami). There are also phonetic equivalents, such as "天蓋" or "転害".

Tegai school flourished most in Yamato styles. There are many remaining accordingly.
The school had characteristic using character "包"(kane) in their signature. Their ancestor "包永"(Kanenaga) worked during "貞応" or "正応". Kanenaga continued several generations. The swords which had signature of them started from "延文" or "貞応" of Nan-boku-chô period. There seemed that older swords observed many but not back to the middle of Kamakura period. (e.g. 『日本刀全集』第三巻 "Complete works of Japanese swords" vol. 3) The school continued till end of Muromachi period.

Below is extracts for the classical book titled "吾妻鏡"(Azuma kagami), the article, around 13th March Kenkyû 6(1195), the day after 49 years old Minamoto(-no) Yoritomo attendance for memorial service of reconstruction of Tôdai-ji temple, "手掻會"(Tegai-e) :

「戌戌 晴。将軍家大佛殿に御参。爰に陣和卿は宋朝の來客として、和州の巧匠に應ず。凡そ厥の盧遮那仏の修餝を拜する、殆どの毗首羯磨の再誕と謂つ可く、誠に直也人に匪ざる歟。仍つて将軍、重源上人を以って、中使と爲し、値遇血緣の爲に、和卿を招かしめ給ふの處、國敵對治の時、多く人命を斷ち、罪業深重なり。謁するに及ばざるの由、固辭再三す。將軍感涙を抑へ、奥州征伐の時、著し給う所の甲冑幷に鞍馬三疋 金銀等を以って贈らる。和卿賜はれる甲冑を造営の釘料と爲して、伽藍に施入し、鞍一口を止め、手掻會十列の移鞍となして、同じく之を寄進す。其外の龍蹄以下は、領納する能はずとて、悉く以て之を返獻すと。云云。」

[ Conditions ] It maintains so fine that they can be preserved and appreciated as they are. There is detach of tsuka-strings at tsuka of wakizashi. Also tiny detach of "鮫皮"(same-gawa) observed.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji, gold gilding), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshiraes (dai-shô), bags of koshirae (dai-shô) and NBTHK Hozon paper (issued on 28th June Heisei 25(2013))





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