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Saihai

Commander baton

Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)
Wood with silvered-copper mounts and paper
Lenght: 36.5 cm
 
Born as a tool to control the troops, the saihai changed his function during the Edo period and became an accessory to wear with the armor as a symbol of power. 
The saihai's final can be in different materials; sometimes is applied directly to the stick, while some other time it hangs to a small rope, like in tn this case. The baton is fitted sith silvered applications on which a tahaka kamon (family crest), representing two crossed hawk feathers, indicate an important provenance.

 

Saihai for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: acc-1315

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