Gunbai War Fan – As New – Stock Item – Sold As Seen.
The Gunbai (Samurai War Fan) was an instrument used by Samurai Taisho (generals) and Gashira (officers); worn to show rank and used to command their samurai and ashigaru troops and and off the battlefield. Carried by the samurai or worn on the armor, the gunbai would represent the rank of the samurai as an officer and his right to lead troops. The Gunbai were typically family heirlooms, passed from father to son in succession. The Gunbai was unique, over the Saihai, as it was made from solid wood or layered iron and wood, or solid iron, so it could be used as a defensive weapon as well, to protect against surprise attacks, swords and arrows, especially the iron gunbai.