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Japanese wood block print showing a kari ebira type quiver being used.

Yebira, Ebira or Shiko is a type of quiver used in Japanese archery. The quiver is unusual in that in some cases, it may have open sides, while the arrows are held in the quiver by the tips which sit on a rest at the base of the yebira, and a rib that composes the upper part, and keeps them in place.

There are many types of Yebira, some more ornate, some ceremonial, some more plain.[1] Other types of yebira are more substantial, and more box like, much like quivers from other countries. The yebira was used traditionally by samurai in combat or hunting, and also is used for ceremonial archery in modern day Japan, such as in or yabusame. It could be quite decorative. It is somewhat different from another form of quiver, the cylindrical yazutsu, which is the normal type used in kyūdō. Some Yebira could hold up to three dozen arrows.[1]

The yebira can be slung over the back, or kept on saddle by horse archers.


See also


  1. ^ a b E. Gilbertson "Japanese Archery and Archers"
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