Gunbai Uchiwa long samjurai war fan, from Edo period (19th century)

Lacquered wood

Height: 73.5 cm

The 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 circle, surrounded by thirty-two stars. On the kirimon side, five kanji indicate the four cardinal virtues of Confucianism:


仁 (Jin): Benevolence

義 (Gi): Justice

禮 (Rei): Courtesy

智 (Chi): Wisdom


The fifth kanji - 心 (Shin) means Spirit, which should always be steeped in the above-mentioned virtues.


Price band: 5,000€ - 10,000€



On this page is a comprehensive glossary of common terms related to samurai armor.


Gunbai in for sale. Price on application: alt-1390

Inventory Nr: 1390

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