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The Japanese Yano Ne
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Several collectors of other things Japanese have accidentally acquired pairs of beautifully sculptured arrow-heads, whose workmanship at once placed them as treasures of the metalworker's art. Sir William Van Horne acquired the greater part of his collection of three hundred yano ne at a stroke, and with difficulty has added pieces that do not duplicate them. One veteran connoisseur of things Oriental, when shown a dozen or so of the large open-work yano ne, frankly confessed that he had never seen or heard of anything at all like them before. Yet

(31) Sanhaku maku muki (triangular curtain-piercer), (32) Kanezume (crab's clam). (33) Tsurigi-jiri (sword - point). (34) Sakura kirane (flat cherry blossom). (35) Kompaku gata (special shape of Kompaku Hidetsuge). (36) Yorai nuki (armour-piercer).

all the private collections of Europe and America were known to him, and all the treasures of great sales had passed before him. There are no collections in Japan sufficiently known to venture a statement as to how many of these superb bits of metalwork there are in the world. The Museum of Artillery in Tokyo possesses, or at least displays, only a few common yano ne of utility sizes. The temple of Hachiman at Kamakura has one large, very plain yano ne, and other temples here and there have single specimens, valuable only for their historical associations. Persistent inquiry brought me word of one private collector who had lent two yano ne to a loan exhibition in Osaka last year.