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Inari Daimyou Buddhist Temple Nobori Bata (hanging banner/flag)
Homespun & Hand Loomed Cotton
Hand Made Painted Banner
The Name Ueda is written at the bottom
Age
Date on the banner is Meiji 45 (1912), on the right side, left is February.
Okayama Prefecture
Condition Good overall condition, one small neatly sewn patch as seen in last two photos
Light brown tea color fabric
Size
12 inches X 6.9 feet, 35 X 210 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight
Discussion Inari (deity) shrine or temple banner. One of the principal kami (gods) of Shinto, Inari is worshiped in both Japanese Shinto and Buddhism. Inari is the kami of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, industry and worldly success.
The 3 "flaming ball" symbol at the top of the noboribata is a Nyoitakarashu (Cintamani in Hindu). Nyoitakarashu are wish-granting jewels, additionally representing wisdom.  Nyoitakarashu symbolize the importance of teaching and as well as the enlightened mind. The flames around the border of the Nyoitakarashu are symbolic of the burning away of false desires and ignorance, giving way to enlightenment.