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Japanese Karimata Arrowhead Collection

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1800: Item # 1373601
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The forked arrowhead (karimata) was named after its resemblance to the V-formation flight of wild geese. Such arrows of different sizes were highly prized on the battlefield and for hunting large game. The Japanese arrowheads, many resembling miniature spears, were made in hundreds of varied shapes of folded, tempered steel.
They were attached to the bamboo shafts by means of long, thin tangs (Nakago). The most common were narrow, roughly-filed, pointed arrowheads used to penetrate armor or for hunting. A comprehensive collection of eight karimata arrowheads mounted on stand for display.

18th/19th Century Edo Period (1603-1868)

Dimensions: 13 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 10 1/4" (on stand)