Shitahara Katana with NBTHK Hozon Certificate
Japanese Antique Samurai Katana.
Kirisuke mei signed ASATSUYU (朝棎) Morning dew.
A very nice well forged blade with beautiful grain, mounted in nice koshirae. Great set of signed fuchi kashira of peacocks, iron sukashi tsuba.
The term Asatsuyu can also be read as Ch˘ro. Morning dew has been associated with ephemerality/transcience (of every life) since oldest times in Japan as it vanishes so quickly when the sun comes out.
kantei-sho (鑑定書) No 3011149
katana, mumei: Shitahara (下原) kiritsuke-mei: Asatsuyu (朝露)
nagasa 2 shaku 2 sun 4 bu jaku
Migi wa t˘-ky˘kai ni oite shinsa no kekka, hozon-t˘ken to kantei-shi kore o sh˘-suru. (右は當協會に於て審査の結果保存刀剣と鑑定しこれを証する)
Heisei nijűhachinen nigatsu yokka (平成二十八年二月四日)
k˘eki-zaidan-h˘jin (公益財團法人): Nihon Bijutsu T˘ken Hozon Ky˘kai (日本美術刀劍保存協會)
katana, unsigned: Shitahara kiritsuke-mei: “Morning dew”
nagasa ~ 67.9 cm
According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society we judged this work as authentic and designate it as hozon-t˘ken.
February 4th 2016