Gunbai (war signal fan), By Myochin Muneyasu, Edo period, early 19th century Forged of iron and finished to a rich, dark chocolate-brown patina, the body of the fan boldly carved with two confronted dragons in billowing clouds, one dragon clutching a sacred jewel while the other holds a sacred ken in the coils of its tail, the reverse carved with the sun and a crescent moon on thick cloud bases.
A Lacquer Gunbai [War Fan] Edo Period (18th century) Of typical form, decorated in iroe-takamaki-e and oil litharge and inlaid in mother-of-pearl on a red lacquer ground with Chinese boys beside a pavillion in a rocky landscape, the reverse with further Chinese figures beside a pine tree 45.5cm. high
Gunbai - War fan Gunbai (Gumbai), Gunpai (Gumpai) or dansen uchiwa (軍配?) were large solid open fans that could be solid iron, metal with wooden core, or solid wood, which were carried by high-ranking officers. They were used to ward off arrows, as a sunshade, and to signal to troops.