• Arts of the Samurai  auction at Christies

    Sale 2378

    Arts of the Samurai

    23 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    An Iron Command Fan (Tessen), a Jumonji Yari and an Omi Yari

    EDO PERIOD (17TH-18TH CENTURY); YARI SIGNED JUMONJI YARI KITAERU KORE IPPO KO REIWADO SENSEI HEI JOSEISHI HISAYUKI (CROSS-HEAD YARI COMMISSIONED BY THE TEACHER REIWADO OF JOSEISHI HISAYUKI), DATED BUNSEI NANA KINOE SARU NIGATSU HI (A DAY IN THE SECOND MONTH 1824) AND INSCRIBED USUI GEN FUSATERU SHISON RAIHO (TO BE PRESERVED BY THE DESCENDANTS OF USUI, OF THE MINAMOTO FAMILY, FUSATERU)

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    An Iron Command Fan (Tessen), a Jumonji Yari and an Omi Yari
    Edo period (17th-18th century); Yari signed Jumonji yari kitaeru kore ippo ko Reiwado sensei hei Joseishi Hisayuki (Cross-head yari commissioned by the teacher Reiwado of Joseishi Hisayuki), dated Bunsei nana kinoe saru nigatsu hi (A day in the second month 1824) and inscribed Usui Gen Fusateru shison raiho (To be preserved by the descendants of Usui, of the Minamoto family, Fusateru)
    The iron fan sticks with carp swimming in a rocky stream with fallen maple leaves in gold and silver hirazogan (level inlay), the ribs mounted with paper painted with the red rising sun on a silver-leaf ground and fitted with red cord; the jumonji yari with wood shaft and with iron and copper fittings, partially bound with lacquered thread and partially lacquered red, 44.3cm; the Omi yari (16th-17th century) blade details indistinct, wood shaft with shell inlay, copper fittings and a metal crosspiece covered in red lacquer; blade length 66cm, wood shaft length 165cm (3)


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    War fans were to make signals on the battlefield and with their iron ribs also served as weapons. Hisayuki, the respected smith of the spear, worked for the Tokugawa shogunate and sometimes signed his work Bakufushi (a samurai of the bakufu, the military government).