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Exceptional Very Old Inari Daimyou Buddhist Temple Memorial Nobori Bata
(hanging banner/flag)
Homespun & Hand Loomed Cotton
Hand Tsutsugaki Dyed Method
Somewhat rare, not often found at this age and good condition.
Mid Meiji Period, c.1890

Condition Very good condition with 6 small holes no larger than one in last photo.
13 inches X 9 feet, 32 X 268 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight
Discussion Memorial Date on banner (important date to the giver):
Kansei, 7th year (1796)
Kansei Period dated from 1789 to 1801

Inari (deity) shrine or temple banner. The Shinto God Inari is worshiped in both Japanese Shinto and Buddhism. Inari is the Japanese kami (God) of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, industry and worldly success and one of the principal kami (Gods) of Shinto.

On the left side is the kanji for the hare or rabbit, fourth sign of Chinese zodiac.
The tsutsugaki hand dyed "3 flaming balls" 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.