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Spear (yari) blade, 1750-1850; mount, 1800-50

Steel, lacquered wood, mother-of-pearl | 390.0 x 3.1 x 3.1 cm (whole object) | RCIN 71798

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Glittering spears decorated with hundreds of tiny pieces of mother-of-pearl were carried by a feudal lord’s entourage during processions to pay homage to the shōgun.