Gold-lacquerd bow

Yoshida Shigeuji17th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This bow was owned by Tachibana Muneshige who was skilled in archery. The bow is heavily coated with gold lacquer, and shows a powerful and beautiful figure. It bears an inscription by Yoshida Shigeuji (1584-1644), the founder of the Hekiryu school of archery. Shigeuji, commonly called Okura, served the Maeda family in the Kaga domain. He distinguished himself as an expert archer during the Siege of Osaka. He won the archery competition held in Sanjusangen-do Temple in Kyoto six times.


  • Title: Gold-lacquerd bow
  • Creator: Yoshida Shigeuji
  • Date Created: 17th century, Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 208.3 cm
  • Type: Arms & Armour

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