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Fujiwara Yasutsugu (active 1860)

Polearm (naginata) 1850-60

Steel, lacquered wood, shakudō, gold, mother-of-pearl | 230.0 x 5.3 x 3.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 71616

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Polearms were among the principal weapons used by Japanese foot soldiers. Wielded with a cutting motion, they were an effective weapon against massed ranks of infantry or cavalry.