淨雲齋羽山円真
Kogarasu Maru Utsushi Daisho
by Hayama Enshin
Made at the Atsuta Jinja in 1898
SCHOOL Suzuki Masao
PERIOD Meiji - 1898
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION Katana NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho 1969
Wakizashi NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho 1969  
MEI Katana"Jounsai Hayama Enshin Tsukuru kore"
"Meiji San Ju Ichi Ki Ni Gatsu Hi"
"Oite Atsuta" "Tame Kurokawa Shi"
Wakizashi"Jounsai Hayama Enshin Tsukuru kore"
"Meiji San Ju Ichi Ki Ju Ichi Gatsu Kichijitsu"
"Oite Atsuta"
 
TOKOTAIKAN RANKING 2 Million Yen
FUJISHIRO RANKING Chu Jo Saku
FORM Daisho
NAGASA Katana 67.6 cm
Wakizashi 55.2 cm
SUGATA  Kissaki Moro Ha Zukuri
SORI Torii-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT Katana 1.7 cm
Wakizashi 0.5 cm
MUNE Maru mune
KASANE Katana7 mm
Wakizashi 5 mm
MOTOHABA Katana 2.5 cm
Wakizashi 2.3 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Kiji-momo with kuri jiri 
MEKUGIANA Katana 1 Wakizashi 1
YASURIME  Sujikai



Hamon :   Katana: Ko-nie deki sugu-notore with ko-gunome. There are ashi and the nioi guchi is soft.

Wakizashi: Ko-Nie deki. Narrow sugu-notare with ko-gunome. There are ashi and the nioi guchi is soft.

Boshi :  Katana: Ko-maru with a long kaeri.

Wakizashi:Ko-maru with a long kaeri.

Kitae :   Katana: Tight and flowing masame. Profuse, prominent ji nie and chikei.

Wakizashi: Nearly muji with some areas of masame. Ji-nie is present. Shirake utsuri can be seen along the shinogi.


About this Daisho :   This is a daisho by Hayama Enshin made as an utsuhi of the famous Kogarasu-maru or "little crow". The Kogarasu-maru is a Heian period tachi, attributed to Amakuni in the Imperial collection. Hayama Enshin is one of the key gendai smiths that kept sword making alive in the times after the Meiji restoration. He learned sword-making from Suzkui Masao, of the Kiyomaru school, and trained many students. Please see the lineage chart at the bottom of this page for a list of his 15 pupils. Hayama Enshin was skilled in making his own iron and his work has a unique character in terms of steel color, soft "koto-like" nioi-guchi and the nature of the hataraki he produced. Please look at the vivid ji-nie and chikei shown in the photos below. This daisho features masame jigane. Laminations in the folding and lines of lower carbon steel, expected in masame-hada, can be observed as shown in the photos.

Both of these blades were made in 1898 on the grounds of the Atsuta Shrine in Owari. The katana was made in February and the wakizashi was made in November. Enshin's inscription of "Oite Atsuta" can be observed on both nakago. The Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya is the second ranking Shinto shrine in Japan after the Ise Shrine. It is the storage and veneration location of the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi which the creation legend of ancient Japan has as having been found by Susano-o-no-Mikoto in the tail of the monster serpent Yamata-no-Orochi. The sword, along with the sacred mirror Yata-no-Kagami, which is stored at the Ise Shrine, Mie Prefecture, and the sacred jewel, Yasakani-no-Magatama, kept at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, comprise the Imperial Regalia of Japan and are used at the investiture of each new Monarch. The Atsuta Shrine is a place of high cultural and religious significance. Something being made on the grounds of the Atsuta shine conveys a spiritual quality and speaks to the importance of the maker. For more information on the shrine, please visit their web site here.

The katana bears a special order inscription of "tame Kurokawa shi". The use of the kanji "shi" is from the word "shizoku". This was the new social class created after the Meji restoration and its literal meaning is "warrior family". Since samurai did not exist after the Meiji restoration, "Shi" was used to identify one as being from the warrior class. This adds provenance that this was not a special order for a common person, collector or a wealthy merchant. It was made for a "shi" class person, a person from the samurai tradition.

Each blade comes with a sayagaki by Kanzan Sato dated 1968. The sayagaki identifies the set as a dasiho and notes the special order inscription for Kurokawa shi recorded on the nakago of the katana. The shira-saya have horn fittings and are finely made. If one has a shira-saya made in Japan today, the fitted horn throat and collar can approach $500 per shira-saya as an added cost. The blades also have matching solid silver double habaki. Both blades are in old polish with some surface blemishes. However, one can study and enjoy them fully as they are now. These were papered by the NBTHK in 1969 and both received Tokubetsu Kicho papers.
This daisho is the only daisho we have seen by Hayama Enshin and also the only example of kissaki-moroha zukuri by him that we have encountered. As mentioned above, these are both ubu, signed, dated with Kanzan Sato's sayagaki and NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho papers. A wonderful opportunity in all regards.

$12,500




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