Large Circular Yarisaya
Edo Period (1603-1868) 19th Century
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.
This example in bear fur is shaped over a hollow bamboo centre which would have slipped over the top of the spear.
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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