Arrowhead Yanone

Materials: steel, wood
Techniques: forging, metalwork, rusting, carving.
Dimensions: 60x50x20 cm

Decorative janone arrowheads were used for interior decoration, not as weapons. Edo period, Japan. Steel aged by natural rusting. The originals are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stand in the form of the head of Komainu – a mixture of a dog and a lion in Japanese mythology. They guard the entrances to Shinto and Buddhist temples. Sometimes found in private homes. Made of wood with a yakisugi surface.