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Koto Katana MUROMACHI period (1333 - 1573) Signed...

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Koto Katana MUROMACHI period (1333 - 1573) Signed (mei) : Bishu Osafune Norimitsu Blade (sugata) : shinogi zukuri, iori mune, chu kissaki Forging pattern (hada): itame Temper (hamon): gunome choji midare Point (boshi) : midare komi Rocket (nakago): suriage keitai, kurijiri nakagojiri, two mekugi ana, katte sagari yasurime Length (nagasa): 63,2 cm Mounting (koshira-e): Tsuba fuchi kashira: en suite, made of shibuichi with gilt copper inlay and suaka decoration of pheasants under cherry blossoms near a stream, on a nanako background. Tsuba signed Ishiguro Mitsuaki, Fuchi signed Ishiguro Koretsune followed by kao. Kojiri : in simple shibuichi Habaki : in 8k gold Menuki : in gilded copper, pheasants and ducks among peonies Scabbard (saya): in black ringed lacquer Provenance: Bakhmeteff Collection sale, Mes Lair-Dubreuil et Bellier, Drouot, 16-18 January 1929 Reference: a tsuba signed Ishiguro Koretsune in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, accession n°14.40.915 Lots 3, 8, 9, 19, 22, 27, 33 and 36 were part of the collection of George Petrovich BAKHMETEFF (1847-1928), dispersed during the sale of January 16-18, 1929 at Drouot, under the hammers of masters Lair-Dubreuil and Bellier Georges Petrovich BAKHMETEFFBAKHMETEFF (1847-1928) Born into a wealthy Tartar family who had served for generations as ambassadors to the Tsar, Georges Petrovich Bakhmeteff studied at Oxford before marrying Mary Beale, an American daughter of a naval officer, in 1877. He was appointed Imperial Russian Ambassador to Japan from 1905 to 1908 and then to Washington from 1911 to 1917, the last position he held. Following the Russian Revolution, he took refuge with his wife in Paris where he died in 1928. He was awarded several military medals throughout his life: First Class of the Order of Saint Anna, First Class of the Order of Saint Vladimir and Knight of the Third Class of the Order of Saint Vladimir.