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JAPANESE YARI-SAYA in the form of a PORTUGUESE HAT

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JAPANESE YARI-SAYA in the form of a PORTUGUESE HAT

This rare black bear spear cover is in the form of a Portuguese hat with two horizontal bands of pale hair and the underside of gold lacquer.

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JAPANESE YARI-SAYA in the form of a PORTUGUESE HAT

Height 33 cm Diameter 28 cm (13 x 11.25 in)

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 yari-saya, of thick bear or horsehair or lacquer which when carried in a group high in the air above the samurai would have looked very dramatic.

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 - Examples p. 304 No. 89. pub. Yale University Press.

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