Antique Japanese yari saya, carved wooden cover for a yari spear. Favored by many samurai and ashigaru (foot soldiers) for the reached allowed by the long pole arm, the yari was a popular weapon for greater military use. At times of peace during the Edo Period, the yari also acted as a ceremonial weapon. The job of the yari saya was to protect the blade when not in use. Often the yari saya was decorated, in this case with inlaid shell. Over the shell is a very fine scrolling vine motif in a translucent red lacquer. Comes with custom fabricated steal stand.
Age: Edo Period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 28 1/2″ high (16″ high yari saya only)