An extremely rare Negoro lacquer yumi (longbow) Muromachi Period
Lot 171*
An extremely rare Negoro lacquer yumi (longbow) Muromachi Period
Sold for £204,000 (US$ 342,533) inc. premium
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An extremely rare Negoro lacquer yumi (longbow) Muromachi Period
Lot Details
An extremely rare Negoro lacquer yumi (longbow)
Muromachi Period
Finely constructed with a narrow limb and thick core, the long, elegant shaft unadorned and lightweight, full of knots and knobbles carved with integral nicks at each end to hold the bowstring in place, with wood storage box. 137cm (54in) long. (2).

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  • 根来弓 室町時代

    Published and Exhibited: Okura Museum of Art, Tokubetsuten, Negoro (Special Exhibition, Negoro), Exhibition Catalogue, Tokyo, 2009, pl.159.

    This exceptionally rare and remarkable survival from the brutal militaristic era of medieval Japan is apparently the only recorded Negoro lacquer bow. Longbows were first accepted as a formal military weapon in 1252 and were not as elaborate as other weapons. However in light of the ornamental quality and delicate craftsmanship of the example presented here, it is probably more likely that it was used only for ceremonial purposes such as during a Shinto ritual or Buddhist ceremony.
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