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2 Small Shinto/Buddhist Temple Torii/Archway Images Noboribata (hanging banner/flags)
Homespun & Hand Loomed Cotton
Tsutsugaki images
Original Bamboo Rods Sewn into Top
Late 1800s to Early 1900s
Condition Good overall condition. A few very small holes as seen in photos
Left Banner
13 inches X 4.7 feet, 30 X 144 cm
Light-Medium Weight
Right Banner
13 inches X 3.4 feet, 33 X 104 cm
Light-Medium Weight
We hand washed & ironed these textiles.
Discussion A torii is a traditional Shinto shrine archway located at the entrance. It symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred and as a purely symbolic function, it has no doors. Although most likely having Shinto origins, the association between Japanese Buddhism and the torii is old and common.
Discussion (con't) The Myojin torii seen here are characterized by curved upper lintels. A Myojin torii can be made of wood, stone, concrete or other materials and be vermilion or unpainted. The banner on the left has a Hizen style Myojin torii, an unique variety with thick, flared pillars. On the right has what appears to be a Nakayama style Myojin torii. Search Wikipedia "torii" for more details. These banners where used multiple times at their shrine during celebratory events.