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Spear (magari yari or jumonji yari)


Date: 18th century | Object number: AL.190 28

Spear (magari yari or jumonji yari)



The terms magari yari and jumonji yari are applied to spears with additional blades; the latter term means ‘cross-shaped’.

This is an unusual and ostentatious example, with two extra blades of different shapes, possibly influenced by a European halberd. It is from the Edo period so was probably used for display.

Japanese, 18th century
On loan from Victoria and Albert Museum
AL.190 28

Published in R. Knutsen, Japanese polearms, London, 1963, 136-7, no. 17.
Victoria and Albert Museum

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