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Saihai

Commander baton

Mid Edo Period (1615-1867)

Wood with silvered-copper mounts and paper

Length: 82 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, as in this case while some other time it hangs to a small rope. This saihai of uncommon large size and horizontal shape is inspired by western scepters. The baton is fitted with silvered applications representing some butterflies. A virtually identical object was at the Arashiyama Museum in Kyoto.
 

Saihai  for sale. Price on application. INVENTORY N.: alt-1557

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