||Gold Faux Ray Skin; Gold Faux Leather
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Munechika's name comes from his maker, Sanjo Munechika, who lived in the mid-Heian period (794-1185). Munechika was an expert craftman active when Japanese sword-making technique was first established.ÊHe is reputed to have lived on Sanjo Avenue in Kyoto during the Eien-era and thus he was known as Sanjo Munechika. He used two signatures, signing his work either Sanjo or Munechika. This blade is representative of those with the Sanjo signature and was regarded as one of the five famous swords of Japan (____, tenga goken) during the Muromachi period (1392-1573).
Initially the favourite Tachi of the Kengo Shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, who is said to have fought his last battle with it, Mikazuki was claimed on his dead body by the Miyoshi family. He was once owned by Nene (Kodai-in) (1549-1624), the wife of warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.Mikazuki was finally given to Tokugawa Hidetada after NeneÕs death (1624), and stayed with the Tokugawa shogun family until modern times. He now resides at the Tokyo National Museum.Ê