A TACHI WITH LACQUER `ICE CRACKÂ´ SAYA
Japan, early Edo period (1603 - 1868) (blade); late 17th to 18th century (koshirae)
Shinogi tsukuri with iori mune, gunome hamon with nie, itame-masame hada. The nakago features two mekugi-ana and has an appealing structure due to aging. The barely visible yasurime are partly sujikai and partly kiri. The nakago jiri is kiri.
Iron sukashi tsuba with wavy border and openwork, with both hitsu-ana and a motif of prunus flowers. The fuchiI and tsuka-gashira engraved with floral designs. The menuki shows a berry-like fruit with foliage. The saya is finely crafted lacquer with a dark brown color and a yellowish pattern with an ‘ice crack’ effect.
Dimensions: 65.7 cm (nagasa), 105.5 cm (total length)
Condition: The blade shows several blackish kizu, possibly from forging. The koshirae in excellent condition with only minor fading to lacquer
Provenance: Hungarian private collection