Post by Miura Suzume on Apr 29, 2018 8:55:05 GMT -5
During my research on ways to improve my archery kit, I stumbled upon a thing referred to as a yumidai, though it looks very different from the archery stands I've come across before now.
This particular item is attributed to the 18th century/mid-Edo period. I can't seem to find anything else that looks quite like this--any and every picture I've found is of this specific yumidai. Without any backup from art or other extant pieces, I am unable to get a bead on the earliest point this crazy thing could have been made and used. Have you experts any insight or sources I've missed?
I'm not sure any of our actual arms and armor experts still read this board. I'm far from an expert, but I've done a lot of browsing over the years, and I've not seen something like that before. It looks more like a bow *case* to me than a bow *stand*, and was possibly a custom job for the original owner.
The applicability of one-off objects to the SCA is debatable. Some people don't want anything to do with something they can't support with multiple examples, hoping to demonstrate broader traditions and culture.