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Wazkizashi sword from the Muromachi era (1333-1573) signed 'Munechika' – estimate €8000-10,000 at Tessier Sarrou on May 18.

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Half a dozen of these were formerly part of the collection of George Petrovitch Bakhmeteff (1847-1928), dispersed in a sale at Drouot in January 1929.

Bakhmeteff served as the Russian ambassador to Japan from 1905-08 and then to Washington from 1911-17. After the Russian Revolution he lived in Paris.

Among the Bakhmeteff swords in this auction is this wazkizashi from the Muromachi era (1333-1573) signed Munechika. It measures 18in (46cm) in length, has a red lacquer scabbard and mounts and fittings that include a tsuba, fuchi kashira and a kozuka in iron, brass menuki and a gilt copper habaki.

Estimate €8000-10,000.

tessier-sarrou.com