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Inari Daimyou Buddhist Temple Nobori Bata (hanging banner/flag)
Homespun & Hand Loomed Cotton
Hand Made Tsutsugaki Banner
Early to mid 1900s
From Nara, the ancient capital of Japan
Condition Good overall condition.
13 inches X 6.7 feet, 33 X 205 cm
Heavy Weight
Discussion 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. The reddish~orange symbol at the top of the noboribata is a Nyoitakarashu (Cintamani in Hindu). Nyoitakarashu are wish-granting jewels, additionally represent 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.