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Japanese Buddhist Ritual Temple Banner (Ban)
The streamer is made of silk with paper sandwiched between the front and back layers for stiffness. The streamer has decorative hand sewn sashiko stitching as seen in the photo. It has a black wooden header with hand wrought metal (copper alloy) decorations.
Age
Dated Taisho 10th year (1921) from Kyoto
Condition The banner is in very good overall condition, no holes and no tears in silk. A small portion of the black lacquer on the wooden header has peeled off. (see photo)
Size
7.8 feet long, 240 cm
10 inches wide, 25 cm
13 wide wood header, 32 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight
Back side solid red silk (photo 2)
Discussion
This long silk streaming banner (called Ban in Japanese) was displayed in front of a Buddhist temple during a religious memorial period. The Japanese kanji reverse side has the name of the deceased (Tamezawa Tomoteru) and those who donated this banner to the temple (Kanda Haru & Kanda Tama). This memorial banner style has been used in Japan for over a 1,000 years, dating back to the 700s and is similar to banners seen at Todai-ji Temple in Japan's ancient capital of Nara