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PAIR OF JAPANESE SIGNED YARI-SAYA

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PAIR OF JAPANESE SIGNED YARI-SAYA

Signed Suzuki Jusei and Katou Takichi

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PAIR OF JAPANESE SIGNED YARI-SAYA

JAPAN

Height 56 cm Diameter 35 cm (22.25 x 14 in)

A very rare pair of large black bear hair spear covers (yari-saya) of conical form, each with a cylindrical copper base and copper crest ring mount.

This magnificent pair of spear covers are in almost mint condition and are housed in their original wood storage box, dated:

'A fortuitous day, May in 3rd year of Kanei' (1850)

The Yari is a spear which, due to its very long length was also used as a standard in ceremonial processions. The blade of the spear would be encased in a shaped cover, a yarisaya, of thick bear or horsehair which when carried in a group high in the air above the samurai would have looked very striking.

The box measurements:

height 60 cm

width 57 cm

depth 39 cm

Bibliography and Exhibition:

Two Yarisaya were exhibited at the Quai Branly exhibition in Paris November 2011 to January 2012 and at the Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada April 2012 to January 2013

Exhibition catalogue - Art of Armor, Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection - pub. Yale University Press.

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