A Japanese Mounted Spear, or Naginata, Edo Period, c. 1850

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Item ref: 2843

  • Japan
  • Steel, lacquer, gold, silver, cord, mother-of-pearl and wood
  • 242 cm / 95 in


Private collection, United Kingdom

on the blade 九州 肥後国 **  .野介 or Kyushu Higo kuni ** Hirosuke (Hirosuke of Higo province on the island of Kyushu made this)

There is no record of a smith called Hirosuke using these characters in Higo province . If by an unknown swordsmith, the association with the island of Kyushu and Higo province does accord with the kamon or family heraldry on the scabbard of this spear.