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Spear/ Omiyari
MPE 36798
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a hira sankaku-gata omi yari with a six-sided kerakubi. The long length of this blade gives it a magnificent shape. The powerful kitae is flowing masame mixed with mokume and has masa ware. The hamon is narrow suguha, contains hotsure and nijuba. The boshi is sugu. On the flat side there are bonji and bohi carvings which are filled with black lacquer. The ubu nakago is signed, with one mekugi ana. The yasuri is sensuki . The mounting is intact. Among the three most celebrated spears of Japan, the famous Nihongo yari, owned by general Fukushima Masanori (1561-1624), is said to be a work by the same Masazane I. This yari conveys the spirit of the brave warriors of the Sengoku era.

History of the Object
In the late Muromachi period smiths of the Yamato Province responded to the demands of the shrines in Nara: among them the smiths of the Kanabo school produced a large number of yari. The first smiths of the school moved to the Kanabo area owing to their relationship with the Daihoshi (head priest) of the Hozoin temple during the 19th year of Tenbun (1550). The Hozoin became a centre for the study and production of spears.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Steel, wood, metal, lacquer 
Measurements
Mounting 275 cm; blade 88.5 (151 cm including nakago) 
Creator name
Kanabo Hayatonosho Masazane I 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
16th Century. 
Function
Weapon 
Acquisition
Unknown. Museum property since 1888 
Copyright
©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Acknowledgements
Text: Francesco de Feo Photo: Paolo Bottoni, Fabio Naccari © Soprintenenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”, Roma 
Owner
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”, Roma State property, Italy 
Museum
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico  
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