Kanemoto (Seki)

KANEMOTO OF SEKI, late koto period Mino;

omote mei: “Noshu Seki Ju Nin Kanemoto Saku” (made by Kanemoto an inhabitant of Seki, Noshu);
ura mei: “X X X Ju Nen Kano-to I San Gatsu Hi” (A day 3rd month XX year XX; year of wild boar (”i”);
Considering the wild boar year (Ju-ni-shi or zodiac signs), and the Kano-to year (Jikkan or Ordinal Cycle),
it is Tenbun ni-ju nen, Tenbun 20: March 1551;
sugata: shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune; chu kissaki;
nagasa: 70.0 cm, zori 2.1 cm;
nakago: ubu, two mekugi ana, takanoha yasurime, rounded iriyama-gata; omote hachi-ji mei, ura shichi-ji date;
hamon: based on notare with gunome-midare mostly rounded; near machi is koshiba and tobiyaki;
boshi: midare komi, ko-maru with small kaeri;
kitae: itame;
horimono: bohi on each side; [Mino-to p.59]
This is a Kanemoto in Seki, probably peripheral to the main line. Hamon is different, and unusual mei and date.
(oshigata from Seki Kaji no Kigen wo Saguru, 1995, p.126)

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