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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 small holes in the right banner as seen in photos. The white area on the left banner has some small stains, photo.
Left Banner
13 inches X 3.9 feet, 33 X 120 cm
Light-Medium Weight
Right Banner
13 inches X 2.8 feet, 33 X 86 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 what appears to be a Nakayama style Myojin torii.

The banner on the right has the word "shugoshin or guardian deity" which refers to the deities which guard the temple from evil, such as the one depicted in the last photo Search Wikipedia "torii & shugoshin" for more details. These banners where used multiple times at their shrine during celebratory events.