Magnificent 72" Japanese Temple Sword late 19th C, Made for the Imperial Shrine at Yasukuni by Ichiryu sai Toshitura (ID: js438)
Magnificent 72" Japanese Temple Sword late 19th C, Made for the Imperial Shrine at Yasukuni by Ichiryu sai Toshitura
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By far one of the largest examples of this kind of sword and leaps and bounds in terms of quality from any similar pieces ever offered for sale. The entire sword is made from bone with 80% bone and is signed by a well known Japanese carver Toshimitsu who can be found listed as a well know Japanese carver Ichiryu sai/Toshitura in Ivory and the elephant in art,in archaeology and in science by George Kunz published in 1911, he is listed on page 511.
The sword is in good condition and was restored in quite a few places, namely a few cracks were fixed, and part of the tsuba was reconstructed.The entire sword is carved with battle scenes of samurai. Some very graphic scenes are visible and some extraordinary carvings of horses, which this carver obviously specialized in. It appears to be the work of a specialized inru or netsuke carver. Perfect for decorating a house. Please see the many detailed pictures. The sword comes with a custom made case 5ft long with custom designed padding for safe transportation.