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Item Nobori Bata Boy's Day Banner/Flag
Hand painted images of legendary heroic Japanese warriors symbolizing strength and valor.
Early 1900s
From Nara, the ancient Japanese capital city near Kyoto
Fabric 100% Cotton, All natural vegetable dyes, Homespun & Hand Loomed
16 inches X 9.8 feet
40 X 300 cm
Very good condition, a few hardly noticeable small holes.
Bright, strong colors. This hand made banner was first painted on one side then matching images painted again on the other side (compare details on bottom row flowers, front & back sides).
Comment The upper image is of Ishikawa Goemon, a semi-legendary Japanese outlaw hero who stole gold and valuables and gave them to the poor. Goemon is notorious for being boiled alive along with his son in public after a failed assassination attempt on warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. His legend continues to live on, often with greatly exaggerated ninja skills, in contemporary Japanese popular culture.

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