This is a small selection from a large group of spears that formed part of the presentation from Tokugawa Iemochi to Queen Victoria in 1860.
This was part of the re-opening of Japan to international diplomatic relations from 1858.
All have hafts decorated with aogai (mother of pearl set in lacquer).
Japanese, mid-19th century
Lent by Her Majesty The Queen
AL.290 150-152, 156-158, 161
Victoria and Albert Museum AL.190 1-2, 4-5