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Lacquered woodHeight: 73.5 cmThe various implements used by samurai commanders to direct troops on the batterfield were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a solid, not folding fan, was the equipment that generals used to communicate commands to their lieutenants. Originally used to ward off heat, the primary function of this fan was then to lend form and dignity to the gestures of the commander.This rare war fan, particulary long, is finished in nashiji lacquer and decorated with a moon on one side and a kirimon on the other. The flat part is decorated with fundame lacquer...

Gunbai Uchiwa
Gunbai UchiwaWar fanEdo period, 19th century Wood with maki-e lacquer decorationsLength: 53,5 cmThe various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the battered field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.This gunbai is rather unusual among the common shapes. The straight lines and the absence of wide maki-e areas give in fact a sort of severe aspect, while the grain wood and the finely lacquered borders indicate the...

Gunbai UchiwaWar fanEdo period, 18th centuryLacquered wood and metal fittingsLength: 55 cmThe various implements used by samurai commanders to signal orders on the battered field or to direct troop movements were referred to as jineigu. Among them, the gunbai uchiwa, a fixed fan, was the equipment that was used by generals and daimyō and hence became a symbol of power.The flat part is decorated on one side with the character “hart” (心) and a crescent moon, while on the other there is the character ”vantage” (利), a bonji of the rooster (Chinese...

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