A group of eight yari-saya [spear sheaths] | Edo period, 19th century
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The Charlier and Cortina Collection of Exotic Samurai Helmets and Armour
A group of eight yari-saya [spear sheaths]
Edo period, 19th century
for single-headed and jumonji-form spears (yari), variously decorated in gold, black and red tataki-nuri
42.5 cm., 16¾ in. high (the tallest)
Overall the saya are in good condition with some wear consistent with the age and use of the object, the double gourd-saya with slight cracking and some lacquer loss, the saya with tied rope design has some wear to the rope and chip to the top, the saya with yari design with wear to the surface, the largest with some wear overall, other saya with some old wear, minor chips and slight cracking.
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Yari saya were at times used as standards during the Edo period. Elaborately fashioned yari-saya often adorned the spears of the large daimyo processions that marched to and from the capital of Edo, known as sankin kotai, or alternate attendance, rendering a spectacular view as the samurai troupe advanced through the various post-towns connecting each domain.